Mum speaks out to back our alcohol and cancer campaign
Jan Casson, currently in remission from breast cancer, is lending her support to our campaign highlighting the links between alcohol and at least seven types of cancer, including breast cancer.
Our campaign aims to raise awareness that even relatively low levels of drinking alcohol can increase the risk of cancer and comes at a time when public awareness of the links between alcohol and cancer remain low.
A recent Cancer Research UK study, carried out by Sheffield University, found only around one in 10 people mentioned cancer when asked which health conditions they thought could result from drinking too much alcohol.
Drinking alcohol increases the risk of at least seven different types of cancer, including cancers of the mouth and throat, bowel and breast cancer in women.
Most recent data shows that more than one quarter (27%) of all new cancer cases registered in the North East – some 4,200 per year – were made up of these cancer types.
Jan, aged 58 and mum to Lori, 30, from Wallsend, North Tyneside, is the fourth member of her family to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and saw her mum and sister battle the disease before being diagnosed herself in 2012.
As soon as she was diagnosed, she gave up alcohol altogether to give her body 'the best possible chance'.