Action Plan

Raising Awareness: Alcohol & Cancer

ABOUT

Alcohol use increases the risk for at least seven types of cancer and contributes to 3.5% of all cancer deaths in the US. Wisconsin has the 3rd highest rate of heavy drinking and binge drinking in the nation. Yet a recent study shows only 30% of people know that alcohol can cause cancer. The goal of this Action Plan is to raise awareness across Wisconsin about the connection between alcohol use and cancer risk.

The bottom line: Drink less to lower your risk for cancer.


ACTION PLAN – AT A GLANCE

  • Gather and examine background data.
  • Develop alcohol and cancer toolkit, tailored for specific audiences across WI.
  • Develop alcohol-related fundraising best practices/guidelines.
  • Pursue provider-specific education opportunities.
  • Pursue decision maker-specific education opportunities.
  • Work with schools to integrate cancer prevention into substance use curriculum.
  • Collaborate with other groups working on alcohol issues.

Download the full Action Plan to see details, dates, and success measures.


RESOURCES

Alcohol & Cancer FAQ — This FAQ answers 10 common questions about the alcohol-cancer connection, such as “How much do I need to drink to raise my cancer risk?” and “Does the type of alcohol I drink matter?” An helpful resource to prompt important conversations with patients, clients, and community members.

Alcohol & Cancer Infographic — This infographic quickly conveys complex information, and introduces audiences to the basic facts about alcohol and cancer in Wisconsin. Perfect for sharing online, or print it and post in your office, school, or exam room.

Alcohol & Cancer Slide Bank — Use this bank of Powerpoint slides to raise awareness about the alcohol-cancer connection in your community and when presenting to key stakeholders. These slides and their accompanying talking points can be downloaded and tailored to fit your needs.


NEWS & UPDATES

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PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

Full list coming soon.

ACTION PLANS

The WI Cancer Council has embarked on its first set of Action Plans — a targeted approach to cancer control efforts in Wisconsin, to better address areas of greatest need. Learn more about this Action Plan and how you can get involved.

HOW WE GOT HERE

  • Background Data: Shared with WI Cancer Council Steering Committee on Nov. 8, 2017.
  • Webinar slides: Draft Action Plan presented to Council membership on Jan. 24, 2018.
  • Priority 3 Infographic: How many members were working on this issue and where they were located, as of May 30, 2017.

GET INVOLVED

Contact Courtney Harris: 608.262.7285 | charris2@wisc.edu

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