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New study evaluates correlation between alcohol, cancer-related deaths

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A new study is giving a fresh look at the potential correlation between alcohol consumption and one's risk of dying from cancer.

Medical experts have known that alcohol increases one's risk of dying from cancer for a long time, but for those who are not a part of the medical world, that fact is groundbreaking.

The new study examined seven different kinds of cancers for which alcohol is a known risk factor, including esophageal, liver, and female breast cancer. Authors of the study claim alcohol use accounted for nearly 3.5-percent of all cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2009. They also claim alcohol-related cancer deaths resulted in as much as 18 years of potential life lost.

Dr. Timothy Naimi, a physician and researcher at Boston University Medical Center and co-author of the study, explained his work on FOX 25 Friday.

"People who drank an average of 1.5 glasses of alcohol each day accounted for most, 70-percent of all cancer deaths," says Dr. Naimi.

Some people consume red wine each day for the suggested heart benefits, but Dr. Naimi says that's not medically substantiated and maintains even a small amount can have a big impact on your health.

"Even low-level consumption can increase the risk of some cancers," Dr. Naimi explains. "The cancer of the female breast would be a good example of that."

Some FOX 25 viewers say the study has made them think twice about taking another sip of alcohol. One viewer planned on ordering pizza and wine at dinner on Friday night, but after learning about the study they planned on skipping the wine. 

Dr. Naimi says the study wasn't intended to instill fear, but rather raise awareness and remind the public of what might seem like common sense.

"Drinking less is generally safe than drinking more," says Dr. Naimi.

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