Public health researchers assured ABC's John McKenzie that their report about cancer risks was "not meant to scare women but to inform them." If that was their intention, they certainly failed. "There is no level of alcohol consumption that can be considered safe," was the conclusion that McKenzie quoted. He cited statistics that 13% of tumors in four organs in middle-aged women--the breast, the liver, the rectum, the esophagus--"may" be caused by alcohol consumption. Women in that age group who average two or more drinks a day increase their risk of getting cancer by 15%, McKenzie reported--although he did not say from what to what.
A 15% increased risk might be from a teetotaler's 40% to a toper's 46%…or from 6% to 7%.
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