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Cancer and Alcohol Consumption in People Aged 50 Years or More in Europe

Heavy intake of alcohol may spur the development of different types of cancer in middle-aged and older adults.

This study assessed the burden of cancer attributed to alcohol consumption in individuals aged 50 years and above. Researchers matched alcohol use with cancer prevalence in a study population comprising of nearly 17,000 men and women above the age of 49 years recruited from 17 European countries plus Israel. 

Researchers discovered that hazardous drinking of alcohol was responsible for 20% of all cases of cancer diagnosed in the study participants. This study further emphasizes the cancer-promoting actions of alcohol.

Research Summary Information

  • 2018
  • Marina Bosque-Prous, Jenny Mendieta-Paredes, Montse Bartroli, M Teresa Brugal, Albert Espelt
  • Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Plaça Lesseps 1, 08023 Barcelona, Spain. Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica Sant Pau, Carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret 167, 08025 Barcelona, Spain. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Carrer Doctor Aiguader 80, 08003 Barcelona, Spain. Facultat de Ciències de la Salut de Manresa, Universitat de Vic Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVicUCC), Av. Universitària, Manresa, Spain. CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Calle Melchor Fernández Almagro 3-5, 28029 Madrid, Spain. Departament de Psicobiologia i Metodologia de les Ciències de la Salut, Facultat de Psicologia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Spain.
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