alcohol and breast cancer and other cancers

Janice - posted on 08/15/2015 ( 10 moms have responded )

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This message is from the BC Government's HealthlinkBC. It recommends- 'AVOID all and any kind of 'ALCOHOL" ANY amount increases your risks for 'BREAST CANCER". If you choose to drink,it is recommended to limit your consumption to- 1 drink per day for women,I.e. A 5 ounce glass of wine and 2 drinks per day for men,I.e. 12 ounces and for all liquors/spirits,1.5 ounces per day. This has been a public health and safety message.



A friend of mine came across an item written by a gentleman who is very concerned regarding the effects alcohol has upon men and women and yes some children. We were totally shocked and astounded on the facts that this gentleman had posted. The fact that alcohol causes many cancers including one I am sure most women do not know about and that is breastcancer. I have shown this report from this man to many of my friends and we all agree that just as cigarettes have warnings on there packages so should all alcohol beverages. The adults and children of our future have the right to know all of the effects that alcohol can cause and there are so many that in fact alcohol causes many more effects on a human being then cigarettes do. I at one time did smoke but I do not now but I do not know of any-one smoking getting mad enough to beat there wives or siblings or murdering them. So many men and women have lived with a person with a drinking disorder and to be honest have lived lives of true horror. Depression , strokes, heart attacks and liver deceases and several cancers caused by alcohol is unacceptable and should be addressed accordingly. Alcohol causes so many different deceases
That I am sure most people are unaware of. Why has the government not put a label on these items yet they insist they are on cigarette packages ? This gentleman has started a campaign and I for one along with my friends will be joining it. We want the government of Canada to stand up and do there jobs. We have the right to know of any items whether it be cigarettes , alcohol or pharmeceutical items that may harm any one have labels placed on them . I was surprised also to see how much alcohol should be consumed by males and females each day. I have heard people on the news stating that we should not pay medical bills for people who smoke well look out why should we pay for people who drink and lets be honest I don't know too many who don't and that includes doctors lawyers and people from evey job sector there is. Even a glass of wine if over 5 oz. Is unhealthy for females and over two cans of beer for males likewise. And these are facts. The government will have more medical bills for alcohol then cigarettes . I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my letter and hope you understand that there are many people joining this campaign as it is our rights as Canadians to know of effects that the items that our government is allowing to be sold to us can cause serious health issues and that we want to know about them . This is not an anti smoking or anti drinking campaign it is about our rights to be told as like cigarettes the effects it can cause and I for one would like my children and there children to know this even if they should choose to drink or smoke that is there choice but they have the right to know so that they may choose wisely. If you care like we do please contact the Premier and the B.C Government or any health care providers and voice your concerns also.
Thankyou
Janice Watkins

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/16/2015

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I wondered that, as well, Sarah. Our labeling in the US is pretty specific any more...I'm going to ask one of my Canadian friends, I think!

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Sarah - posted on 08/16/2015

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I am curious about this information. I can certainly find many US and Canadian sites that do define a clear definition of what is considered safe alcohol consumption. As you are not endorsing an anti-drinking platform, I want to know what you'd like alcohol to have on the label.
The one bottle I found in my home states:
“GOVERNMENT WARNING:
(1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects.
(2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.”.

27 U.S. Code § 215 - Labeling requirement, was enacted into law in 1988

Sarah - posted on 08/16/2015

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Janice even following the directions you gave me I find this info:

"Avoid alcohol. Drinking any amount of any kind of alcohol increases your risk of breast cancer. If you choose to drink, limit to no more than one drink per day.
One drink is: 350 mL (12 oz) bottle of beer or 150 mL (5 oz) of table wine or 45 mL (1.5 oz) of liquor (e.g., vodka, whisky, rum or gin)."

That is under the eating healthy to prevent breast cancer, but if you look under the link For Cancer Prevention: Diet and Cancer Prevention Basic you find this:
"If you drink alcohol, limit to: 2 drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women."

The site itself doesn't really take a firm stand, the CCS, CDC, AMA and ACS all endorse firm moderation.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/16/2015

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They don't cite any sources for that tidbit, Janice, so where do you get your source of "item written by a gentleman who is very concerned regarding the effects alcohol has upon men and women and yes some children"

It is well known that alcohol intake should be moderated to avoid medical problems.

The CCS only says to limit intake, but also does not cite sources.

Janice - posted on 08/16/2015

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sarah this is exactly the problem , you said you searched and couldn't find information , to find it go to healthlinkb.b.c. then click on healthy eating then look for disease prevention. next page scroll down to prevention of womens breast cancer and click on that and scroll down until you see avoid all alcohol and read what is written there. also checkout Canadian Cancer Society and read theres. also i made mistake with word should it should read limit or avoid . unfortunetly alot of information is is not easy for us to find unless we go on the internet and search

Sarah - posted on 08/16/2015

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What sort of labeling are you trying to advocate and on what research are you basing the request? You describe an item that a friend found written by an unnamed gentleman. What was the study, where was is done, what are the scientific credentials?

Janice - posted on 08/16/2015

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in canada we only have warnings on cigarette packages and posters not on the alcohol products or pharmacy products

Sarah - posted on 08/16/2015

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I don't mean to dispute that alcohol has potential dangers.
I don't understand this phrase:
"I was surprised also to see how much alcohol should be consumed by males and females each day."
There is a difference between "should be consumed" and "can safely be consumed". I'd like to know what sort of labeling you are advocating? In the US alcohol is labeled with a warning similar to cigarettes.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/16/2015

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Thanks, Sarah. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who couldn't find this particular study. The most recent I found was a June 2013 article put out by the NIH

Sarah - posted on 08/16/2015

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Janice, can you provide the link to the BC website where you get your quote. I searched the website and could not find that specific quote:
http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/

The American Cancer Society has the following position:
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercause...

What research does your friend site to promote this action?
I respect your feelings, but it's a bit like saying let's not insure people who drive cars, or ride motorcycles. There are inherent risks to everything we do.

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