Queenslanders are encouraged to go dry this July by giving up alcohol for the month to raise funds for Cancer Council’s vital 13 11 20 support service.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms. Chris McMillan said that by registering for Dry July and selecting Cancer Council as a beneficiary, participants will be helping to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. “Last year, our experienced health professionals responded to 7855 contacts through our 13 11 20 service, providing vital support to Queenslanders affected by cancer,” Ms McMillan said.

“All funds raised for Cancer Council here in Queensland through Dry July will support the continuation of this important service”. With the number of people affected by cancer increasing, Cancer Council’s services like 13 11 20 will be needed in the future more than ever before,” she said. “We know that alcohol is a cause of cancer. Research shows that over 3200 cancers can be attributed to alcohol consumption”, she added.

The other benefit of taking part in Dry July is reducing your cancer risk, with it estimated that around three percent of all cancers diagnosed in Australia each year are due to alcohol use. “Dry July is about more than just giving up alcohol for a month, by signing up today you can raise much-needed funds for Cancer Council Queensland and become healthier in the process!”

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