Health Alert: Alcohol linked to 5-6 percent of new cancers, cancer deaths

Alcohol is directly responsible for 5 to 6 percent of new cancers and cancer deaths worldwide, but a recent survey found 7 out of 10 Americans were unaware of the ties between alcohol and cancer.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - In today's Health Alert, you should know what you eat and drink before and after a cancer diagnosis makes a difference.

When it comes to what you drink, alcohol is directly responsible for 5 to 6 percent of new cancers and cancer deaths worldwide, but a recent survey found 7 out of 10 Americans were unaware of the ties between alcohol and cancer.

The report cites evidence that even light drinking can slightly raise a woman's risk of breast cancer and increase a common type of esophageal cancer.

Heavy drinkers face much higher risks of mouth and throat cancer, cancer of the voice box, liver cancer and, to a lesser extent, colorectal cancers. 

When it comes to what we eat, Americans are getting an F for not including enough fiber in their diet.

A new study suggests a diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colorectal cancer, and maybe even prevent other cancers.

Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent. The greatest benefit was from fiber rich in whole grains and cereals.

This may seem a little far-fetched, but work place bullying and violence may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by 46 percent, for both men and women, according to new research.

Nearly 20 percent of the American workforce reports being bullied. Researchers suspect that bullying may cause stress hormonal responses and over-eating as a coping mechanism, leading to type 2 diabetes.

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