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Alcohol accounts for high proportion of cancer deaths in central and eastern Europe

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:814
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Around 400 000 cases of cancer a year worldwide are due to drinking alcohol, new research shows.

    One in 30 deaths from cancer each year—or around 233 000—can be attributed to alcohol consumption, says a report of the study, which was published online ahead of print publication on 23 March in the International Journal of Cancer (, doi 10.1002/ijc.21903).

    “Despite the importance of alcohol as a human carcinogen, a detailed estimate of the global burden of alcohol related cancers is lacking,” write the authors, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the …

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