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Alcohol Abuse Increases Cancer Risk

Alcohol Abuse Increases Cancer Risk

Do you drink alcohol? Do you ever drink to excess? Do you sometimes black out or do things that you later regret? How often do you drink? How much do you drink each week? Do you ever wonder if you’d benefit from alcohol rehabilitation? How does drinking impact your health? Alcoholism has long been known to cause all sorts of health problems for people, from impotence to cirrhosis and neurological problems. But new studies are now linking alcohol abuse with an increased risk of cancer, too.

“Obesity, alcoholism, and viral hepatitis are all known independently to cause cellular stress and to induce expression of CHOP [a protein that encourages cancer]" says the senior study author. “So this finding suggests a biological pathway that links those ‘upstream’ health problems to liver cancer at the end..." What this means is that the protein that scientist previously thought inhibited cancer actually is linked with causing it, and it's aggravated by excessive drinking. “This discovery opens up an avenue into a new pathway that promotes liver cancer," added the senior author. So though people have long known that alcoholism can be very bad for your health, it's only now that scientists have realized that it may actually lead to an increased risk for cancer.

Do you drink too much? Do you ever wonder if you may be an alcoholic? If you're wondering whether you have a drinking problem, you should seek help now before you cause irreparable damage to yourself-or even give yourself cancer. Alcohol detox can start you on your journey. Call Retreat at Lancaster County to learn more about the alcohol detox services Pennsylvania has to offer. We're conveniently located close to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and we can arrange transportation from OH, PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, and CT.

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