135,000 cancer deaths to be caused by alcohol by 2035

21 November 2016

It has been predicted that alcohol will cause around 135,000 cancer deaths over the next 20 years.

A new report by Sheffield University commissioned by Cancer Research UK has indicated that by 2035, the UK could see around 7,100 cancer deaths every year that are associated with alcohol.

Oesophageal cancer is set to see the largest increase as a result of this trend, followed by bowel cancer, mouth and throat cancer, breast cancer and liver cancer. This will coincide with a rise in hospital admissions for cancer over the 20-year period to 1.2 million.

Government guidelines recommend that men and women drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, and sticking within these limits is vital if this rise in alcohol-related cancer deaths is to be avoided.

Alison Cox, director of prevention at Cancer Research UK, said: "If we are to change the nation's drinking habits and try to mitigate the impact alcohol will have then, national health campaigns are needed to provide clear information about the health risks of drinking alcohol."

A Cancer Research UK study published earlier this year showed nine in ten people are unaware of the link between alcohol and cancer, highlighting the need for greater awareness of this issue.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 


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