Cancer: smokers and alcohol consumers minimize the risks – 01/30/2023 at 19:55
An alarming finding. If nearly half of cancers can be avoided by adopting healthier practices, a study published on January 30 by the National Cancer Institute shows that many French people still underestimate the links between tobacco and alcohol consumption. and the development of cancer. The 2021 Cancer Barometer, a survey carried out every five years, aims to “better understand the opinions, perceptions and behaviors of French people on cancer in order to provide better guidance”.
Thus, the barometer reveals the existence of many misunderstandings concerning these factors. For example, smokers underestimate the occurrence of cancer more than non-smokers. They are 30% to admit the link between tobacco and cancer, against 80% among non-smokers. And only 20% of smokers believe that there is a risk of cancer beyond 20 cigarettes a day. Figures in total discrepancy with reality. Tobacco is the main source of cancer in France. Another example: half of smokers think that there is no danger if you smoke only 10 cigarettes a day or less, or that playing sports cleans your lungs.
Difference according to social class
Regarding alcohol, “8 out of 10 respondents believe that road accidents and violence are the main risks associated with alcohol consumption”. If many French people place
… Source LePoint.fr
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