Earlier this week, Vigilant Biosciences, in collaboration with Head and Neck cancer and Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC), released the results from its national consumer survey on oral cancer.
The survey revealed that only 30 percent of people know that alcohol is a key risk factor for oral cancer. It also found that more than 96 percent of people recognize tobacco as a leading risk factor for the disease.
These statistics are shocking and frightening.
What’s more, many people also underestimated the death rate for oral cancer. Only 17 percent of those surveyed were aware that 40 percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer die within five years. Many of those believed the five-year survival rate to be higher.
With the release of these findings, we must do more to educate society on the risks of alcohol consumption and tobacco use. That’s why Busy Living Sober is not only dedicated to educating youth, teens, adults and families on the topics of addiction and recovery, but clean and healthy living as well.