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Alcohol and CANCER

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aware of alcohol/cancer link in Denmark (unprompted)


of all cancers are preventable


Swedes die from cancer caused by alcohol, yearly


Cancer deaths by alcohol in Lithuania

Drinking alcohol, often heavily, common among people with cancer and long-term survivors

A recent study found that many cancer patients and survivors frequently consume alcohol, with almost 40% engaging in hazardous drinking. Using data from the All of Us Research Program on over 15,000 participants, researchers discovered younger males were more prone to excessive drinking. The findings emphasize the need for interventions to reduce alcohol consumption among this group.


Philippe Roux on Alcohol and Cancer: Insights into the Europe Beating Cancer Plan

In our dialogue with Philippe Roux, Head of Unit at the European Commission's DG Health and Food Safety, we explore the Europe Beating Cancer Plan's focus on alcohol, a major cancer risk factor. Roux highlights ongoing initiatives, such as alcohol taxation law amendments, mandatory beverage labeling, and efforts to limit young people's exposure to online alcohol marketing. This interaction offers a snapshot of the Commission's sustained fight against alcohol-related harm and cancer.

Avoid Alcohol During Cancer Treatments

Navigating the complex relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer treatments, the importance of open, non-judgmental discussions about alcohol use becomes evident. The health implications are significant, with alcohol potentially exacerbating the side effects of treatments and increasing exposure to various complications. However, societal norms and pressures around drinking may pose additional challenges, underscoring the need for a comprehensive patient care approach.

A guest blog by Cancer Society of Finland


Alcohol and cancer awareness in Nordic countries

Despite the well-established contribution of alcohol to the burden of cancer, public knowledge of the relationship between alcohol and cancer is low across the world, including Nordic countries.

When we talk about alcohol increasing the risk of cancer, there’s a little more to it than that. That’s because, as the latest research highlights, it’s one of the chemicals alcohol gets broken down into that seems to be one of the main culprits.

Alcohol is broken down via a strict process and converted into energy. And it’s acetaldehyde, at the centre of this chain, that’s the weakest link. If acetaldehyde isn’t broken down further it builds up in cells, where it damages DNA in a way that could cause cancer.


Alcohol and cancer: This is how booze damages DNA inside cells

By Aine McCarthy

Cancer Research UK

Editorial - July 2023

Taking on Alcohol-Related Cancer: Knowledge, Policy, Prevention, and Care

The complex relationship between alcohol and cancer calls for a comprehensive strategy that integrates informed policies, clear communication, patient-centered care, and lifestyle changes to mitigate alcohol-related cancer risks.

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