Alcohol, Bacon, and Everything Else You Love Causes Stomach Cancer
‘Merica, your life-long love affair with alcohol, bacon, and general obesity is killing you. Not surprised? Yeah, neither was I. While some people may blow off the new findings that state alcohol, bacon, and obesity are linked to stomach cancers, it might be time we start listening: stomach cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world, with 21,000 people being diagnosed in the United States each year.
I can hear the arguments of the hard-drinking, bacon loving public already: “they claim everything causes cancer,” “this is just another way to control us!”, and what not. But when you learn that this information is backed up by 89 studies which analyzed 17 million adults and 77,000 occurrences of stomach cancer, it becomes a bit harder to double-fist that Bud Light and BLT.
And I love BLTs.
As reported by the National Cancer Institute, stomach cancer claims 11,000 American lives each year. This is due in part to the fact that symptoms of stomach cancer can be relatively mind, meaning most cases are fairly advanced by the time they are discovered. Another major contributing factor is the high obesity rate in the U.S: over one-third of the adult population is considered obese. According to Alice Bender, a representative of the American Institute for Cancer Research, obesity is linked as a contributing factor to 11 times of cancer.
And the drinking? Yeah, that’s not helping you at all. While there is still some debate regarding if red wine actually has medical benefits, this most recent report regarding stomach cancer is very clear in its findings:
“There is strong evidence that consuming approximately three or more alcoholic drinks per day increases the risk of stomach cancer.”
That sounds pretty easy to solve- just don’t drink so much, right? Well, considering that alcohol abuse is such a prevalent problem in the U.S., that may be easier said than done. In addition to the risk of stomach damage and cancers, alcohol abuse also rises the risks of:
- Alcohol poisoning
- Cancer of the the mouth and/or throat
- Liver damage, including cirrhosis and cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Nerve damage
- Irreversible brain damage
- Delirium tremens
And bacon? It pains me to say, but it’s time American’s break up with it’s long-time love. Really, it’s all processed meats that put us at risk- and we eat a lot of processed meat:
“Processed meat is meat that has been preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or by the addition of preservatives. Examples include ham, bacon, pastrami and salami, as well as hot dogs and some sausages.”
I know there are people throwing up their hands in air, screaming about their rights as Americans to eat and drink and be merry; after all, never everyone who does these things ends up with stomach cancer. But is ‘not everyone’ enough for you to put yourself at risk? What is the guarantee that you will be one of that most scientific qualitative measurement of ‘not everyone?’ Maybe for you, but not so much for me.
What do you think of this new study tying alcohol, processed meats, and obesity to stomach cancer? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
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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.