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In addition, the paper clearly stated that alcohol has a casual role in cancers such as voice box, neck and throat, colon and liver, as well as breast cancer and esophageal cancer. "The Cancer Prevention Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) believes that a proactive stance by the Society to minimize excessive exposure to alcohol has important implications for cancer prevention".

Alcohol is thought to increase the risk of head, neck, throat and voice box cancers because those tissues come into direct contact with alcohol when people drink, the oncology society said.

Overall, about 3.5 percent of the 600,000 annual cancer deaths in the US are alcohol-related, the doctors said.

Maybe you should skip that glass of wine tonight, because even light drinking increases your risk of cancer, warns a new statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The link between increased alcohol consumption and cancer has been firmly established. For example, discouraging alcoholic beverage companies from exploiting the color pink or pink ribbons to show a commitment to finding a cure for breast cancer given the evidence that alcohol consumption is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Dr. Anne McTiernan, a scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center who was an author of one of the earlier reports on alcohol and breast cancer, said she was pleased that oncologists were focusing on alcohol.

"The evidence is very clear", she said. "If you drink more, even cutting back, but not quitting, will reduce your risk".

ASCO also notes that alcohol can worsen the impact of smoking.

Increase alcohol taxes and prices. "The good news is that just like people wear sunscreen to limit their risk of skin cancer, limiting alcohol intake is one more thing people can do to reduce their overall risk of developing cancer".

The survey found that alcohol consumption had soared since 2001-2002.

The doctors behind the statement aimed to draw attention to what they view as a public health problem and advocate for a push towards better education and research.

The recent study also found, for example, that vigorous exercise was linked with a significant decrease in breast cancer risk.

In the US, 14 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol is found in 12 ounces of beer, 8 ounces of malt liquor, 5 ounces of red or white wine and 1.5 ounces or a "shot" of 80-proof liquor.