Quiz: The Alcohol-Cancer Connection

Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS


November 23, 2015

The World Cancer Report released in 2014 highlighted the role of alcohol in cancer, finding that alcohol accounted for 3.5% of cancers (about 1 in 30 cancer deaths) globally.[1] Recent data indicate that the proportion of cancers attributable to alcohol worldwide has increased. In 2012, alcohol consumption caused 5.5% of all cases of cancer and 5.8% of all cancer deaths.[2] This increase is believed to be driven by increases in the overall prevalence of drinkers and in the amount of alcohol consumed, particularly by women.


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