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07/02/2011

Eurocare strongly supports World Cancer Day

Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance) strongly supports the World Cancer Day and hopes that combined efforts of all stakeholders will lead to significant reduction in cancer cases.

First conclusive links between alcohol and cancer were established back in 1987[1]

Nearly 25 years later public awareness about the links is alarmingly low.

The 2010 Eurobarometer report found that 1 in 5 European citizens do not believe that there is connection between alcohol and caner and 1 in 10 do not know about the link between alcohol and cancer[2].

Alcohol beverages and ethanol in alcohol beverages is group 1 carcinogenic, the cancer they impact on are cancer of oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colorectum and breast.

Mariann Skar, Eurocare Secretary General, commented: ‘ We support the World Cancer Day and would like to call on all actors, public and private, to help raise awareness about the fact that alcohol contributes to cancer development. We all have the right to know not only what is in our drinks but also what side effects they cause to our health'.

Eurocare has been advocating for health warning labels as one of the tools to cost- effectively raise awareness about dangers caused by alcohol consumption.

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact:
Mariann Skar, Eurocare Secretary General
Mariann.skar@eurocare.org

Tel +32 (0)2 736 05 72
GSM+32(0) 474 830 041
Website: www.eurocare.org
Rue des Confédérés 96-98
1000 Brussels, Belgium

Facts on alcohol:
- Europe is the heavies drinking region of the world
- 7.4% of all ill health and premature death in the EU is due to alcohol
- alcohol is a cause of some 60 diseases and conditions
- chronic diseases, to which alcohol is the 3rd main contributory factor[1], are in the top of global risks next to such threats like fiscal crises[2].
- 25% of all male deaths and 11% of all female deaths between 15-29 are due to alcohol
- 80 million Europeans aged 15 years plus reported binge drinking at least once a week in 2006
- Alcohol related disease, injury and violence cost the EU €125 bn in 2003

[1] World Health Organization (2009). Global health risks. Geneva

[2]World Economic Forum (2010) Global risks 2010. Geneva, Retrieved from: http://www.weforum.org/en/initiatives/globalrisk/Reports/index.htm

[1] International Agency for Research on Cancer, volume 44 Monographs

[2]http://ec.europa.eu/health/alcohol/docs/ebs_331_en.pdf