4% of Cancer Deaths Are Caused by Alcohol

Researchers warn the risks associated with alcohol consumption are gravely underestimated

By on February 15th, 2013 15:49 GMT

A study carried out by scientists working with the Department of Medicine at the Boston University Medical Center argues that alcohol must be held accountable for roughly 4% of the cancer deaths reported in the United States on a yearly basis.

More precisely, this study maintains that 20,000 deaths reported in the US yearly are caused by excessive alcohol consumption alone.

However, the health risks associated with drinking such beverages a tad too often are yet to be given the attention they deserve, sources say.

By the looks of it, women who drink significant amounts of alcohol are more likely to develop breast cancer.

On the other hand, male drinkers are more prone to developing cancers of the mouth, throat and esophagus.

The study's findings are to be published in their entirety this coming April in the American Journal of Public Health.

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