Only 1 in 3 North East adults are aware that alcohol can cause cancer. But alarming figures reveal that four out 10 people (around 855,000 people) are drinking enough to significantly raise their risks .
The figures come as Balance and the NHS launch a major campaign in the North East and North Cumbria (Nov 8) to warn alcohol can cause at least seven types of cancer, including breast, bowel, mouth and throat cancer. Supported by Cancer Research UK and North East local authorities, the “Alcohol Causes Cancer” campaign encourages people to cut down to reduce their risk.
2020 was a record year for alcohol deaths in England with the worst rates in the North East. And separate cancer figures show 3,145 people in the North East were diagnosed with an alcohol-related cancer between 2016-18.