Al­co­hol linked to can­cer

The Western Star - - NEWS -

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.”

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