Moderate Alcohol Intake and Cancer Incidence in Women

04 Mar 2009Naomi E. Allen Valerie Beral Delphine Casabonne Sau Wan Kan Gillian K. Reeves Anna Brown Jane Green on behalf of the Million Women Study Collaborators

Low to moderate alcohol consumption in women increases the risk of certain cancers. For every additional drink regularly consumed per day, the increase in incidence up to age 75 years per 1000 for women in developed countries is estimated to be about 11 for breast cancer, 1 for cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, 1 for cancer of the rectum, and 0.7 each for cancers of the esophagus, larynx and liver, giving a total excess of about 15 cancers per 1000 women up to age 75.

Meta Analysis
7 effects
1 subjects

Reported Outcomes

VariablesOutcomeEffectLatency

Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Oesophagus cancer Digestive outcome

Strong Increase

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Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Breast Cancer Reproductive outcome
Breast Cancer
Reproductive

Strong Increase

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Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Larynx cancer Respiratory outcome
Larynx cancer
Respiratory

Strong Increase

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Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Colorectal Cancer Digestive outcome

Strong Increase

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Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Liver Cancer Digestive outcome
Liver Cancer
Digestive

Strong Increase

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Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Breast Cancer Reproductive outcome
Breast Cancer
Reproductive

Strong Increase

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Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Cancer Lymphatic outcome
Cancer
Lymphatic

Notable Increase

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