Ivan Rusyn Participates in WHO Assessment of Alcohol Carcinogenicity


CCGS faculty member Ivan Rusyn (Environmental Sciences & Engineering, School of Public Health) was among a group of 26 scientists from 15 countries who participated in a working group that evaluated the carcinogenic risks of alcohol drinking as a part of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph Series on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans. The IARC concluded that the burden of cancer attributable to alcohol consumption is higher than previously thought, particularly in breast and colorectal cancers.  Although moderate alcohol consumption has some health benefits, the WHO has now identified it as one of the top 10 risks for worldwide burden of disease. A summary of the IARC meeting is published in this month's issue of The Lancet Oncology (Volume 8, Issue 4 , April 2007, Pages 292-293).

WHO press release

April 1, 2007