Fast Five Quiz: Alcohol and Cancer

Elwyn C. Cabebe, MD


February 23, 2022

According to a study on the global burden of cancer, more than 740,000 (4.1%) of new cancer cases in 2020 were attributable to alcohol consumption. In the United States, that amount rose to 4.8%, with alcohol linked to 3.2% of cancer deaths. The association between alcohol and certain cancers persists, even among those who do not smoke.

In June 2020, the American Cancer Society issued a new, stronger directive on alcohol consumption in an update of its guideline for diet and physical activity for cancer prevention, the first since 2012. The guideline states that "it is best not to drink alcohol."

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