Alcohol and cancer: A statement of the American society of clinical oncology

Noelle K. LoConte, Abenaa M. Brewster, Judith S Kaur, Janette K. Merrill, Anthony J. Alberg

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Abstract

Alcohol drinking is an established risk factor for several malignancies, and it is a potentially modifiable risk factor for cancer. The Cancer Prevention Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) believes that a proactive stance by the Society to minimize excessive exposure to alcohol has important implications for cancer prevention. In addition, the role of alcohol drinking on outcomes in patients with cancer is in its formative stages, and ASCO can play a key role by generating a research agenda. Also, ASCO could provide needed leadership in the cancer community on this issue. In the issuance of this statement, ASCO joins a growing number of international organizations by establishing a platform to support effective public health strategies in this area. The goals of this statement are to: • Promote public education about the risks between alcohol abuse and certain types of cancer; • Support policy efforts to reduce the risk of cancer through evidence-based strategies that prevent excessive use of alcohol; • Provide education to oncology providers about the influence of excessive alcohol use and cancer risks and treatment complications, including clarification of conflicting evidence; and • Identify areas of needed research regarding the relationship between alcohol use and cancer risk and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-93
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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