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2011 Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Alcohol causes a significant burden of cancer, shows major European study with CAMH collaborators

For Immediate Release - April 8, 2011 (Toronto) - CAMH researchers contributed to a large European study showing that alcohol use above daily recommended limits leads to several types of cancers.

About one in 10 cancers (10%) in men and one in 33 cancers (3%) in women in Western Europe is caused by former and current alcohol consumption, according to the study published today by the British Medical Journal.

CAMH researchers Jürgen Rehm, Tara Kehoe and Gerrit Gmel joined a large number of researchers in a study led by Madlen Schütze at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam Rehbruecke, who did the main research analyses during an internship at CAMH. The study included 363,988 adults in eight countries who had been tracked since the mid-1990s.

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