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Can cocktails give you cancer? Study links alcohol to 7 types of tumors

People who develop a flushed complexion when they feel unwell or drink can suffer four times more DNA damage than others.

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New Delhi: Some studies say drinking wine can improve heart health — but there are several that link alcohol to an increased risk of disease. In some parts of the world like Russia or Canada or in hilly areas where the temperatures drop too low, a glass of brandy or alcohol can help you feel warm. And while a weekend treat, the alcohol ingredient in a cocktail isn’t necessarily healthy. There is no healthy version of alcohol, according to a new study from the University of Reading. Instead, it could contribute to the risk of seven types of cancers.

How does alcohol increase the risk of cancer?

Experts say that acetaldehyde is responsible for the carcinogenic effects of alcohol. This component is produced by the body when it tries to process alcohol. It can break and damage stem cell DNA, the building blocks of tissues, organs, blood and the immune system. Some cancers are caused by changes in DNA causing abnormal cells to multiply out of control and form a tumour.

People who develop a flushed complexion when they feel unwell or drink can suffer four times more DNA damage than others. Alcohol can contribute to the following cancers:

  1. bowel cancer
  2. Lung cancer
  3. Laryngeal cancer
  4. Upper throat cancer
  5. Breast cancer
  6. Liver cancer
  7. Esophageal cancer

What are the first symptoms of cancer?

When looking for the following signs of cancer, watch out for ailments, colds, or flu that do not improve for a prolonged period, more than three weeks, despite medication. These include:

  1. Bloating
  2. Chest pain
  3. To cough
  4. Shortness of breath
  5. Feeling full after small meals
  6. Jaundice
  7. Fatigue
  8. Moles
  9. Loss of appetite
  10. Unexplained bleeding
  11. Unexplained weight loss
  12. Back ache
  13. Abdominal pain
  14. Stomach pains
  15. Indigestion
  16. chronic fatigue

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.