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Alcohol use linked to cancer

BEERThe link between smoking and cancer is well known. Less well known – but equally significant – is the link between alcohol and cancer.

“Alcohol is clearly a risk factor for some types of cancer,” says Dr. Norman Giesbrecht, a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. In particular, he noted, the link is strongest for cancers of the upper digestive tract including the throat and esophagus; colorectal cancer; and breast cancer.

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