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Increased alcohol use and abuse are both associated with increased risk for a number of different types of cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, there may be several factors associated with this relationship.
Even though it is well established that chronic use of alcohol does increase the risk for all types of cancer, there is no described causal mechanism to explain this relationship.
There are most likely multiple causes associated with this increase in risk.
Since long-term use of alcohol is associated with a number of conditions that can affect the liver, it should also not be a surprise to readers that long-term alcohol use or abuse is also associated with an increased risk for liver cancer. A number of different research studies have explored this relationship. Just a few results are briefly reviewed below:
The bottom line here is that every available study indicates that there is a positive relationship (correlation) between alcohol use and the risk for the development of liver cancer.
Here is what the research findings actually mean:
Chronic alcohol abuse is associated with an increased risk to develop liver cancer. Chronic alcohol abuse is also associated with an increased risk to develop a number of other forms of cancer as well. The idea that alcohol abuse causes liver cancer is not fully accurate because there are obviously a number of other factors that interact with this increased risk; however, chronic alcohol abuse is a significant risk factor for the development of cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer in humans.
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