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Medical News & Perspectives
March 13, 2013

Even Low, Regular Alcohol Use Increases the Risk of Dying of Cancer

JAMA. 2013;309(10):970. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.2104

Even modest but regular alcohol consumption contributes to US cancer deaths, according to new findings reported in the American Journal of Public Health.

Researchers from the United States, Canada, and France analyzed published meta-analyses of alcohol use and cancer risk, 2009 US mortality data, and national surveys of alcohol sales and consumption in the United States. The analysis examined deaths from 7 malignancies previously linked with alcohol use: cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon, rectum, liver, and female breast.