ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A strong link has been found between the amount of alcohol people drink and their cancer risk.

The new position paper released by the American Society of Clinical Oncology suggests even light drinking raises a person’s risk of common malignancies, including breast, colon, esophageal and head and neck cancers.

“In general for men, the recommendations are to have no more than two alcoholic drinks per day to keep your cancer risk as low as possible,” says SLU Care’s Dr. Theresa Schwartz, a breast cancer surgeon at SSM Health – SLU Hospital. “And for women, no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and to avoid binge drinking if at all possible.”

Schwartz says previous studies have found a higher risk of post-menopausal breast cancer in women who are heavy drinkers.

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