Cessation of alcohol drinking, tobacco smoking and the reversal of head and neck cancer risk.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


International journal of epidemiology, Volume 39, Issue 1, p.182-96 (2010)


2010, Adult, Age Factors, Aged, Alcohol Drinking, Center-Authored Paper, Female, Head and Neck Neoplasms, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Public Health Sciences Division, RISK, Risk Reduction Behavior, Sex Factors, Smoking Cessation, Socioeconomic Factors, Time Factors


Quitting tobacco or alcohol use has been reported to reduce the head and neck cancer risk in previous studies. However, it is unclear how many years must pass following cessation of these habits before the risk is reduced, and whether the risk ultimately declines to the level of never smokers or never drinkers.