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Alcohol and cancer awareness in Nordic countries
Despite the well-established contribution of alcohol to the burden of cancer, public knowledge of the relationship between alcohol and cancer is low across the world, including Nordic countries.
When we talk about alcohol increasing the risk of cancer, there’s a little more to it than that. That’s because, as the latest research highlights, it’s one of the chemicals alcohol gets broken down into that seems to be one of the main culprits.
Alcohol is broken down via a strict process and converted into energy. And it’s acetaldehyde, at the centre of this chain, that’s the weakest link. If acetaldehyde isn’t broken down further it builds up in cells, where it damages DNA in a way that could cause cancer.
Alcohol and cancer: This is how booze damages DNA inside cells
By Aine McCarthy
Cancer Research UK
Carina Alm - In contrast to the other risk factors, alcohol is not framed or perceived as only unhealthy
Cancer societies are leading the way making people understand that alcohol also causes cancer. As Carina Alm, a special adviser at the Norwegian Cancer Society, explains, this is a difficult task as people have strong views and believe in different myths about that no ordinary commodity.
Daniel Jones - Warnings needed to be seen to be effective
I think the primary role of specific health warnings (e.g. 'alcohol causes mouth cancer') would be informative until the point that public awareness is large enough for them to become reminders, says Daniel Jones, from the Stirling University’s Institute for Social Marketing and Health (ISMH).
for low awareness
Alcohol is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Group 1 carcinogen. And we have known it more than 30 years now. The overall awareness of that fact is worryingly low, everywhere.
Even though many cancer organisations and alcohol policy and harm organisations have done a lot to increase that knowledge, for some reason, it doesn’t seem to work very well.