Making a Difference in Cancer Prevention and Control
"Alcohol and Cancer" Debate
November 23, 12:00 - 14:30,
European Parliament, Brussels
Room: Paul-Henri Spaak – P1C047
AWARH 2017 Statement - Alcohol and Cancer
The WHO European region has the highest proportion of total ill health and premature death due to alcohol. One fifth of the population aged 15 years and above report heavy episodic drinking at least once a week. Alcohol is known to be a causal factor in over 60 diseases and conditions, including at least 7 types of cancer. 1 in 8 alcohol-related deaths are due to cancer.
Given the above statistics, the AWARH partners and the endorsers call on the European Parliament, European Commission and the Member States to ensure that:
To see the full list of partners and endorsers that support this statement please visit www.awarh.eu
During the 5th edition of the Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm (AWARH), ECL, Eurocare, UEG, EASL and other partners organised various events in Brussels.
On 23 November 2017, the MAC Group, chaired by MEP Biljana Borzan (CRO, S&D), talked to experts about the connection between alcohol and cancer at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Europe has the highest rate of alcohol consumption per capita in the world. It also has the highest proportion of total ill health and premature death due to alcohol in the world.
Experts have known since 1988, when the International Agency for Research into Cancer (IARC) classified alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen, that alcohol causes cancer. Alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk for several cancers, including digestive, bowel, liver, and breast cancers.
“Alarmingly, the burden on society of alcohol related harm continues to grow. In the WHO European region approximately 70% of adults drink alcohol” says Dr Biljana Borzan MEP