The role of alcohol in oral and pharyngeal cancer in non-smokers, and of tobacco in non-drinkers

R. Talamini, S. Franceschi, S. Barra, C. La Vecchia

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Data from a hospital-based case-control study of oral and pharyngeal cancer conducted in Northern Italy were used to analyse the risk associated with alcohol in non-smokers and with tobacco in non-drinkers. Out of a total of 336 cases (291 males and 45 females) and 1,652 controls (1,272 males and 380 females) 27 cases and 572 controls described themselves as lifelong non-smokers. Odds ratios (ORs) were 1.5 for 14-55 vs. 0-13 alcoholic drinks per week and 2.2 for 56 or over; the trend in risk was statistically significant. Among 19 cases and 213 controls who described themselves as non-drinkers, the ORs were 3.8 and 12.9 for smokers of

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-393
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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