DRINKERS are more than twice as likely to be at risk of mouth cancer.
Research has shown that those drinking above the recommended limits, which is two to three units for women and three to four units for men, are more than twice as likely to develop cancers of the mouth and throat.
It has led to the North-East drink campaign group Balance calling for people to be more aware of the dangers.
Balance director Colin Shevills said: “Nationally, the number of mouth and throat cancers have increased by nearly a fifth in the last five years so more needs to be done to help tackle the growing number of cases.
“Drinking above the daily recommended limits increases your risk of developing the disease so we’re urging people in the North East to think about how much they’re drinking and try to reduce their alcohol intake.” His call for awareness comes during Mouth Cancer Action Month, which aims to spread the word about the disease and promote the importance of early detection.
Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth and adjacent areas.
Research has shown that alcohol is responsible for about 30 per cent of all mouth and throat cancers.
•To find out more, visit www.mouthcancer.org.