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Cancer incidence attributable to alcohol consumption in Alberta in 2012

Low, moderate, and heavy drinking of alcohol may spur the development of different types of cancer, liver, oral, pharyngeal, colorectal, and breast cancer.

This study compared the prevalence of cancer between consumers and non-consumers of alcohol. Researchers collated and analyzed information from the Alberta Cancer Registry, Canadian Community Health Survey, and Canadian alcohol sales data. 

Researchers attributed about 1.6%-3.5% of all cancer cases in Alberta to alcohol consumption. According to this study, low, moderate, and heavy drinking of alcohol increased the risk of suffering from different types of cancer, including liver, oral, pharyngeal, colorectal, and breast cancer. Evidence from this study point out that alcohol drinking may put an individual on the path to developing cancer.

Research Summary Information

  • 2016
  • Anne Grundy, Abbey E Poirier, Farah Khandwala, Alison McFadden, Christine M Friedenreich, Darren R Brenner
  • Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research (Grundy, Poirier, Khandwala, McFadden, Friedenreich, Brenner), CancerControl Alberta; Department of Oncology (Friedenreich, Brenner); Department of Community Health Sciences (Friedenreich, Brenner), Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alta.
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