Researchers with the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimated that at least 741,300 of the roughly 19.3 million new global cancer diagnoses reported in 2020—4%—can be attributed to alcohol consumption. However, fewer than one in three U.S. citizens are aware that alcohol is a cancer risk factor, IARC researcher and study author Harriet Rumgay told NPR. Overall, those cancers included mouth cancer, liver cancer, colorectal cancer, laryngeal cancer and esophageal cancer; for women, however, alcohol also contributed significantly to breast cancer. “When we did the analysis and included former drinking, pancreatic [cancers] and stomach cancers, the numbers increased to 925,000 alcohol-related cancers,” Rumgay told NPR. In those Eastern European countries, new taxation policies have reduced alcohol sales, potentially forecasting a decrease in annual cancer diagnoses.
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