Link between alcohol and cancer 'poorly understood by public'

5 April 2016

A new report has raised concerns that a vast majority of people in England do not properly understand the link between alcohol and cancer.

The study, conducted by the University of Sheffield and Cancer Research UK, involved a nationally representative online survey of 2,100 people conducted in July 2015, in order to assess awareness of the connection between drinking alcohol and cancer.

When asked which health conditions result from drinking too much alcohol, only 13 per cent of those polled mentioned cancer.

Moreover, when prompted by asking about seven different cancer types, 80 per cent showed awareness of the fact that alcohol can cause liver cancer, but only 18 per cent were aware of the link with breast cancer.

Lead study author Dr Penny Buykx, a senior research fellow at the University of Sheffield, said: "People link drinking and liver cancer, but most still don't realise that cancers including breast cancer, mouth and throat cancers and bowel cancer are also linked with alcohol."

It was also shown that knowledge of the recommended maximum number of units of alcohol that can be consumed in a day was lacking.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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