5 Cancers You Didn’t Know Were Caused by Alcohol Addiction
If you’ve been thinking about cutting back on your alcohol intake, it may be high time you seriously consider going to an addiction detox center in New York. Although an alcohol use disorder isn’t merely a matter of how much alcohol you consume, as much as it is in what way you are dependent on the substance. For instance, if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you’ve gone too long without a drink, you are long overdue for admittance into an addiction detox center- and we’ll tell you why:
Alcoholism precipitates a medley of potentially fatal diseases, but our focus today is on the cancers that creep up on victims of untreated alcohol addiction. Cancer is essentially the uncontrolled death of healthy cells, caused by malignant cells; organs affected by cancers are irrevocably compromised, and will not carry out the biological processes essential for life.
Cancer of the esophagus can be difficult to identify because early on most victims are asymptomatic. However, as the disease worsens, victims of esophagus cancer will experience great difficulty swallowing, acute indigestion or heartburn, hoarseness, coughing, pressure or burning of the chest, and unexplained weight loss. Untreated esophageal cancer will damage surrounding lymph nodes. Ultimately patients in the later stages (III and IV) survive three to five years.
It makes sense that our mouths would be adversely affected by the alcohol we pour into them- but did you know that you can develop malignant tumors? Mouth cancer typically manifests itself in the beginning stages as mouth sores, suffering from a continual sore throat, loose teeth, hoarseness, painful tongue with white or red discoloration, swelling of the mouth, and a thickening of the skin or lining inside of the mouth.
Untreated oral cancer affects nearby lymph nodes, manifests a gruesome tumor that can measure over 6cm in stage IV, with the possibility of spreading to other parts of the body (which is severe, considering your mouth is on your face).
As your stomach takes on the continual abuse of harboring a continual flood of alcohol, it begins to display the degradation precipitated by alcohol addiction. Stomach cancer will first reveal itself in the form of indigestion, heartburn, nausea, bloating after eating, and an unusual loss of appetite. If stomach cancer goes untreated (and let’s face it, chronic victims of alcohol use disorders may not be in the best mental state to successfully address health concerns when battling addiction- although sometimes health conditions are the perfect wake up call to contact a drug detox center in New York) serious symptoms begin to manifest themselves aggressively.
Stomach cancer left untreated manifests acute stomach pain, blood in stool, difficulty swallowing, constipation, diarrhea, yellowing of the skin and eyes, unexplained weight loss, difficulty swallowing and keeping food down, vomiting, heartburn, weakness and fatigue, and swelling of the stomach.
Perhaps the most predictable cancer precipitated by alcohol addiction is liver cancer. Those who are unfortunate enough to develop liver cancer must react quickly to treat the disease before it become irreversible. Onset by liver cirrhosis (or the decay of healthy liver cells in favor of scar tissue), liver cancer’s initial signs are minimal, and only become apparent when the cancerous tumor grows. Patients experience pain on the right side of their abdomens. Victims of liver cancer may experience jaundice (or yellowing of the skin and eyes), swelling of the feet and stomach, and decreased appetite.
Last but not least, those who leave the disease of an alcohol use disorder are prone to rectal cancer. Perhaps among one of the more painful experiences, victims of rectal cancer will develop tumors in the rectum, making bowel movement uncomfortable and tinged with blood. Beginning symptoms of rectal cancer include diarrhea, constipation, inability to completely empty the bowel, change in the nature of stools, the presence of blood after a bowel movement. One may also experience pain in the rectum, stomach cramps, gas pain, abdominal pain, and bloating.
About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.