While asbestos is one of the leading causes of lung cancer, particularly mesothelioma, exposure to the substance is not the only risk factor. Other factors and habits, such as cigarette smoke and alcohol consumption, may lead to an increased risk for mesothelioma and other types of cancers including throat, mouth, esophageal, liver, colon, breast, stomach, and pancreatic cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, individuals who consume alcohol regularly and in large amounts are more susceptible to the following:
The consumption of alcohol on a regular basis contributes to cancer development in different ways, but damage to the DNA is the most common cause. For example, alcohol causes scarring and irritation of the cells and tissues of the liver, mouth, and throat, which will eventually lead to the development of cancer if left untreated.
Breast cancer may be caused by heavy alcohol consumption, as alcohol causes levels of estrogen to rise in the body. Furthermore, colon cancer can be attributed the development of carcinogens in the body, as alcohol is converted to acetaldehyde in the colon.
Not only does regular alcohol consumption increase the risk of cancer, but the consumption of alcohol after cancer is determined may affect treatment. Cancer patients that are undergoing chemotherapy may experience adverse reactions ranging from mild to life-threatening if alcohol and chemotherapy drugs are mixed.
For those who have overcome cancer, there is an increased risk of getting cancer again associated with the continued consumption of alcohol. Cancer patients are more susceptible to developing another form of cancer. While a single drink a day may not be harmful, excessive consumption may put them at an increased risk.
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately three and a half percent of cancer deaths are related to alcohol consumption.
If you or someone you love has been impacted by mesothelioma, contact a Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyer at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler. To set up an initial consultation, complete our online form or call 215-569-4000 or 800-369-0899. For more than three decades we have served the people of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia County.