Alcohol linked to cancer
HUNDREDS of Queenslanders are being diagnosed with cancer every year because they’re drinking too much alcohol.
It’s estimated about 760 cancer cases and 210 cancer deaths could be attributable to alcohol consumption annually across the state – prompting Cancer Council Queensland to call for greater awareness of health risks.
Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Chris McMillan said many people were not fully aware of the serious risks associated with the overconsumption of alcohol.
“The recent annual alcohol poll 2018 revealed that people continue to have a very low awareness of the long-term health conditions associated with alcohol,” Ms McMillan said.
“Of those surveyed, only 26 per cent of people were aware of the link between alcohol misuse and mouth and throat cancer and only 16 per cent were aware of the link to breast cancer.
“While around 69 per cent could link alcohol misuse with liver cancer, it’s vital that more people become aware of all types of cancer and chronic diseases that can result from excessive drinking.
“In Queensland, approximately 200 female breast cancers, 170 colon cancers, 40 liver cancers and 185 oral cavity and pharynx cancers could be attributable to alcohol consumption annually.
“At least one-third of all cancers are preventable through changes including limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, being SunSmart and keeping active.”