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Does Alcohol Impact the Risks for Colon and Other Cancers?

Dr. Heather Yeo Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian

When it comes to alcohol’s influence on cancer risk, the data is mixed. Colorectal surgeon Dr. Heather Yeo says that she does believe high levels of alcohol can predispose people to certain types of cancer–including pancreatic, liver, and colon.

But Dr. Yeo says the key with alcohol is moderation. Her view is “for women, anything over a half a glass or a glass a day is probably not helping your overall health. For men, they can probably go one to two glasses before they start seeing health effects.”

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Dr. Heather Yeo is a medical advisor to SurvivorNet. She is board-certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery, and complex general surgical oncology. She is an assistant professor of Surgery and Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and assistant attending surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Read More

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