Most English people unaware of link between alcohol and cancer
t is estimated that around 87 per cent of the public don’t associate the increased risk of cancer with drinking alcohol.
A report, commissioned by Cancer Research UK, and produced by researchers from the University of Sheffield. The findings of the report were based on findings from a nationally representative online survey of over 2,000 people.
The report states that alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing seven different forms of cancer – mouth, throat, oesophageal (food pipe), laryngeal (voice box), liver, breast and bowel. When questioned about health conditions that can result from drinking only 13% of the respondents said cancer. Asking respondents about specific cancers 80% listed liver cancer but only 18%
In addition, when asked about specific cancer types, 80 per cent said they thought alcohol caused liver cancer but only 18 per cent were aware of any association with breast cancer.
Source: Cancer Research UK