The burden of cancer attributable to alcohol drinking

  title={The burden of cancer attributable to alcohol drinking},
  author={Paolo Boffetta and Mia Hashibe and Carlo la Vecchia and Witold A. Zat{\'o}nski and J{\"u}rgen Rehm},
  journal={International Journal of Cancer},
We estimated the number of cancer cases and deaths attributable to alcohol drinking in 2002 by sex and WHO subregion, based on relative risks of cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum, larynx and female breast obtained from recent meta‐ and pooled analyses and data on prevalence of drinkers obtained from the WHO Global Burden of Disease project. A total of 389,100 cases of cancer are attributable to alcohol drinking worldwide, representing 3.6% of all cancers (5.2… 

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