World Cancer Day is a global event.
World Cancer Day is marked on February 4, every year, to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.
There are multiple initiatives run on World Cancer Day to promote prevention, raise awareness and show support for those affected by cancer.
Turning the tide on alcohol-fuelled cancer
Alcohol-related cancer deaths are a global public health crisis.For breast cancer globally, alcohol is the single biggest risk factor.In total, alcohol-related cancer causes 650,000 deaths every year.
Evidence shows that informing people, increasing awareness and understanding of alcohol’s cancer risks leads to bigger support for alcohol prevention and control measures. This in turn leads to significant reductions in cancer mortality.
We calculated the cancer deaths averted from improved alcohol policy through a 10% and a 30% total per capita alcohol consumption reduction scenario.
- Assuming 649,840 alcohol-related cancer deaths in 2017, a 10% reduction of total alcohol use would lead to 9% fewer alcohol-related cancer deaths, meaning 57,300 fewer deaths.
- With a 30% lower total alcohol consumption, calculations show that 26% of alcohol-related cancer deaths could be averted, meaning 171,460 fewer deaths.
So let’s start the movement to raise awareness among the broader public and empower decision-makers to tackle the alcohol-cancer link. The returns on investment will be substantial…
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Professor Jürgen Rehm says:
The fact that alcohol is a carcinogen has been clearly confirmed.”
The IARC working group writes:
Alcohol consumption causes cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, colorectum, liver (hepatocellular carcinoma) and female breast.”