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Alcohol caused more than 740000 cancer cases in 2020.


Alcohol is estimated to have caused more than 740,000 cancer cases around the world last year, and experts say more needs to be done to highlight the link.


Alcohol consumption has been linked to at least 7 types of cancer including

Breast cancer.




These cancers include; liver, colon, rectum, oropharynx, larynx and oesophagus and breast cancer.


Research suggests that even low levels of drinking can increase the risk. There is no safe level of alcohol drinking.


The results suggested alcohol consumption was behind an estimated 568,700 cancer cases in men and 172,600 cases in women in 2020, with the majority of the cancer cases involving cancers of the oesophagus, liver and breast.


Writing in The Lancet Oncology, the research team stated; “There is a delay between alcohol consumption and possible cancer development, so it is necessary to factor in a latency period between the year of alcohol exposure data and the year of cancer diagnosis,”


The findings are consistent with other recent research, which found clear and convincing correlations between drinking and premature death, cancer, and cardiovascular problems. Zero alcohol consumption minimizes the overall risk of health loss.


SOURCE: Lancet Oncology,


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