18 Jul 2012

Alcohol underestimated as cause of cancer

1:02 pm on 18 July 2012

An Australian expert on the influence of lifestyle factors on cancer says alcohol's role in causing cancer has been under-estimated.

Professor Dallas English, of Melbourne University is to give a public address in Wellington on Wednesday evening on the latest evidence about lifestyle factors and cancer.

Professor English says the link between alcohol consumption and cancer is under-estimated, including by cancer groups themselves.

Dallas English says tobacco is the major avoidable risk factor for cancer, and being obese will also increase cancer risk.