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Alcohol to blame for more than 700,000 cancers annually

Alcohol causes cancer – but not only heavy alcohol consumption. Already two glasses of wine are enough for it, calculates an international research team in the scientific journal “Lancet”.

Four percent of all cancers worldwide are caused by beer, wine and the like. Three quarters of those affected are men. The most common tumors caused by alcohol are esophageal, liver and breast cancer.

“There is an urgent need to raise awareness of the link between alcohol consumption and cancer risk among politicians and the general public,” summarizes French researcher Harriet Rumgay. She considers reduced availability of alcohol, marketing bans, warning labels on alcoholic beverages, and efficient tax and pricing policies to be urgently needed.

Source: Lancet

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