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Ireland. Department of Health. (2017) National cancer strategy 2017-2026. Dublin: Department of Health.

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Cancer prevention will be a cornerstone of this Cancer Strategy as it offers the most cost-effective, long-term approach for cancer control. The proportion of cancer incidence attributable to modifiable lifestyle and environmental factors is estimated to be in the 30% to 40% range. Of these risk factors, smoking has by far the biggest impact and, in implementing this Strategy, we will work towards the goal of making Ireland tobacco-free by 2025. We also need to increase our efforts to reduce the number of avoidable cancers through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, in areas such as improved diet, more exercise and reduced alcohol intake. Prevention measures will be integrated with the overall health and wellbeing initiatives under the Healthy Ireland programme. 

5.3.4 Alcohol

Each year, 900 newly diagnosed cancers in Ireland are caused by alcohol. Over half of cancers in the upper aero-digestive tract are caused by alcohol, and when combined with smoking, the risk of developing these cancers increases. The public health approach to addressing alcohol misuse, including the Public Health (Alcohol) legislation, aims to reduce overall consumption as well as patterns of harmful use.

Date:July 2017
Pages:152 p.
Publisher:Department of Health
Corporate Creators:Ireland. Department of Health
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
G Health and disease > Public health
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Medical care
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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