Alcohol and Cancer

  • Silvia Franceschi
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 472)


Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that alcohol intake is responsible, in developed countries, for about 3% of cancer deaths.1 Such a proportion can reach 20% in men in some countries (e.g., France). Cancer sites firmly associated with alcohol consumption include oral cavity and pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, and liver. A relationship is also possible with cancer of the colon-rectum, pancreas, lung and, most notably, cancer of the breast, as reviewed in two extensive reviews by the International Agency of Research on Cancer2 and the World Cancer Research Fund.3


Alcohol Consumption Liver Cancer Alcohol Intake Oral Cavity Cancer Site 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Franceschi
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  1. 1.Epidemiology UnitAviano Cancer CenterAviano (PN)Italy

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