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Cancers of the Mouth, Pharynx and Larynx

What’s the Evidence?

There is convincing evidence that alcoholic drinks increase risk of developing these types of cancer. This is one of the reasons AICR recommends limiting alcoholic drinks to two drinks a day for men and one for women. ( When alcohol is combined with tobacco, risk increases even higher.)

Diets high in fruits and non-starchy vegetables probably reduce your chances of developing cancer of the mouth, pharynx and larynx. This is one of the reasons AICR recommends eating at least five portions a day of a variety of vegetables and fruits.

How Preventable are Cancers of the Mouth, Pharynx and Larynx?

AICR experts estimate that following the above advice could prevent an impressive 63 percent of these cancers in the US every year.

That's approximately 26,500 cases each year. (Based on 2015 incidence figures.)

larynx in situ


What the Panel’s Judgments Mean

strong, consistent and unlikely to change in the future

compelling but not quite strong or consistent enough to be "convincing"

Limited Evidence – Suggestive
too limited for a grade of "probable", but a general consistency in the data

Limited Evidence – No Conclusion
too inconsistent or insufficient for a definitive grade

Substantial Effect on Risk Unlikely
enough evidence to rule out a connection

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