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    Does alcohol increase cancer risk?

    I recently read this. Is it true?
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    Dr Kenneth Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

    Dr Ken Wong is a very experienced specialist surgeon focussing on keyhole surgery techniques for gallstones, bowel cancer, hernia and weight loss surgery. He graduated … View Profile

    Alcohol has been linked to increased risk of breast, colon and liver cancer.

    The link between alcohol and increased risk of gastric cancer is quite controversial. However, generally, it is thought that alcohol on its own does not increase gastric cancer risk.

    However, alcohol + smoking does increase gastric cancer risk and the risk of all other cancers. The main risk factors for gastric cancer include: being male, being older, lymphoma of stomach, polyps of stomach and having H.pylori infection.

    If there is any concern about gastric cancer, consult a surgeon in the first instance to organise a panendoscopy to examine the stomach. Early detection can be life saving.

    Dr Ken Wong

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