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Report: Heavy drinking boosts risk of cancer

Posted On Fri, August 21, 2009

Researchers are warning people that heavy drinking is one way to drive up the risk of cancer - and in turn, dramatically higher medical expenses and health insurance costs.

According to an article by Reuters Health, a Canadian study involving several thousand men has found that those who consume beer or liquor on a steady basis can expect a greater risk for cancers affecting everything from the liver to the esophagus.

The article noted that the study had found that the increased cancer risks did not apply in this particular case to wine.

The report also noted that people should consult with their doctors in light of other reports which found that people who consume a moderate amount of alcohol are likely to improve their heart health to a certain extent.

Given the costs of treating cancer and the prices many people are paying for health coverage, taking steps to safeguard one's long-term health can be a life-saver, both financially and medically. This can also apply in a variety of other ways, from one's diet and exercise to heart health.

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