A recent study has linked alcohol consumption to increased chances of developing mouth cancer.
Published in the British Medical Journal, the study found that alcohol is responsible for at least 13,000 incidences of cancer each year.
It had the biggest effect on mouth, food-pipe, voice-box and pharynx cancers, of which there are around 6,000 a year.
Meanwhile, around 3,000 colorectal cancers are the result of alcohol consumption, along with 2,500 breast cancer cases.
Commenting on the study, Dr Vinod Joshi of the Mouth Cancer Foundation said that people should not just be avoiding alcohol if they want to lower their risk of developing mouth cancer.
He suggested that oral sex and smoking are also likely to increase the risk of having the disease.
He also noted that awareness of mouth cancer is lower than other cancers and as such more education and legislation are needed to change people's attitudes towards the illness.
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Cancer treatment news : 14 April 2011