Alcohol is responsible for four per cent of all cancer deaths with the significant risk to drinkers ‘hiding in plain sight’, according to experts.A study warned that the preventable risk factor is under-emphasised by doctors and therefore poorly understood by the public.The study found that the form of the disease most commonly linked with alcohol [...]

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Alcohol is ‘responsible for 4% of cancer deaths’

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Alcohol is responsible for four per cent of all cancer deaths with the significant risk to drinkers ‘hiding in plain sight’, according to experts.A study warned that the preventable risk factor is under-emphasised by doctors and therefore poorly understood by the public.The study found that the form of the disease most commonly linked with alcohol consumption in women is breast cancer.

Lack of attention: The study's authors warned that risks attached to alcohol are under-emphasised by doctors

Cancers of the mouth, throat and esophagus were common causes of death in men who drank alcohol.The study, which will be published in the American Journal of Public Health in April, also found a correlation between reducing the amount of alcohol we drink and lowering the risk of developing cancer.

Previous studies have consistently shown that drinking alcohol is a significant risk factor in developing cancers of the liver, mouth, throat and oesophagus.More recent research has shown that alcohol also increases the risk of cancers of the colon and rectum.Although higher levels of alcohol consumption caused an increased risk of developing cancer, consuming 1.5 drinks per day or less still accounted for 30 per cent of all alcohol-attributable cancer deaths.

Dr Naimi said: ‘The relationship between alcohol and cancer is strong, but is not widely appreciated by the public and remains under-emphasised even by physicians.
‘Alcohol is a big preventable cancer risk factor that has been hiding in plain sight.’

Daily Mail, London




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