Alcohol use linked to cancer deaths, study finds

02/20/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Alcohol consumption is linked to 3.5% of all U.S. cancer deaths, and even low levels of consumption are associated with risk, according to research from the National Cancer Institute. Esophageal cancer is among the cancers responsible for the majority of alcohol-attributable deaths in men, while breast cancer topped the list for women. "For most alcohol users, therefore, reducing alcohol consumption would likely improve their health in many ways in addition to reducing cancer risk," the study team said.

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