Alcohol and cancer videos

AMPHORA scientists find that the average European drinks alcohol at the toxic level for causing cancer

Three drinks a day, the average amount drunk by Europeans, is the same as the toxic level that causes cancer. This level of consumption leads to about 136,000 new cancers a year in the European Union and puts Europeans at a lifetime risk for cancer more than twice that of daily exposure to second-hand smoke. These are some of the findings of the Alcohol Public Health Research Alliance (AMPHORA) a 4-year European Research project, lead by the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (HCPB). As part of the AMPHORA project, Dirk Lachenmeier and Jürgen Rehm of Dresden Technical University in Germany analysed toxic substances in samples of alcohol from all over Europe.

Alcohol drinking cessation and its effect on oesophageal and head and neck cancers

Rehm, J., Patra, J., & Popova, S. (2007). The International Journal of Cancer, 121, 1132-1137.

Cancer, drugs, and alcohol

Popova, S. & Rehm J. (2009). In P. Korsmeyer and H.R. Kranzler, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior, 3rd ed, vol.1, pp. 269-274. New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

The relation between different dimensions of alcohol consumption and burden of disease – an overview

Rehm, J., Baliunas, D., Borges, G.L.G., Graham, K., Irving, H., Kehoe, T., Parry, C.D., Patra, J., Popova, S., Poznyak, V., Roerecke, M., Room, R., Taylor, B., Samokhvalov, A.V., & Taylor, B. (2010) Addiction Monograph series. Addiction, 105(5), 817 – 843.

Prostate Cancer Linked to Heavy Alcohol Intake

Heavy ethanol intake is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer (PCa) among low-risk men with at least one prior negative prostate biopsy, investigators reported here at the annual Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. It also is associated with an elevated risk for high-grade PCa.

Source: Renal& Urology News

Alcohol attributable burden of incidence of cancer in eight European countries based on results from prospective cohort study

In western Europe, an important proportion of cases of cancer can be attributable to alcohol consumption, especially consumption higher than the recommended upper limits. Among men and women 10% and 3%  of the incidence of total cancer was attributable to former and current alcohol consumption in the selected European countries

Source: British Medical Journal

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