HealthDay News — In all states, alcohol consumption accounts for a large proportion of incident cancer cases and cancer deaths, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology.

Ann Goding Sauer, MSPH, from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, and colleagues obtained age-, sex-, and state-specific cancer incidence and mortality data (2013 to 2016) from the US Cancer Statistics database. The proportion of incident cancer cases and cancer deaths attributable to alcohol consumption was examined by sex among adults aged 30 years and older in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The researchers observed variation in the proportion of incident cancer cases attributable to alcohol: from 2.9% in Utah to 6.7% in Delaware among men and women combined; from 2.7% in Utah to 6.3% in Hawaii for men; and from 2.7% in Utah to 7.7% in Delaware among women. There was considerable variation across states in the proportion of alcohol-attributable cancer deaths: from 1.9% to 4.5% among men and women combined; from 2.1% to 5% among men; and from 1.4% to 4.4% among women. Each year, alcohol consumption accounted for 75,199 cancer cases and 18,947 cancer deaths nationally.


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“Alcohol accounted for a considerable proportion of cancer incidence and mortality in all states. Alcohol-associated cancer burden could be reduced by implementing state-level cancer prevention and control efforts to reduce alcohol consumption,” the authors write.

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