Most Canberrans will enjoy a long and healthy life. However, some people’s cancer risk is affected by the things that they do- the life they live. You may be able to avoid many cancers by changing the way you currently live. Do you have a personal plan for cancer prevention?
There are many things one can do or not do, to minimise one’s risks of developing cancer:
About 1 in 5 deaths from cancer are due to smoking. More than 10 000 Australians are diagnosed with a smoking related cancer each year. It is important to also avoid second-hand smoke.
Keeping fit and active has many health benefits. Being active most days of the week appears to cut one’s chances of breast cancer (after menopause), bowel cancer and possibly prostate cancer. It also helps prevent heart disease and stroke.
Latest evidence shows that obesity increases the risk of several types of cancer. If you are overweight, you are probably eating more than you need for your height and level of activity.
To reduce the risk of certain cancers, Cancer Council recommends a healthy body weight, regular exercises and a healthy diet.
Each year in Australia over 2000 people will die due to skin cancer. Your skin can burn in as little as 10-15 minutes in the Canberra midday summer sun- the longer your unprotected skin is in the sun, the quicker your skin will burn and the greater your risk of developing skin cancer, including deadly melanoma.
To reduce the risk of cancer, alcohol should be avoided. If you choose to drink, limit your intake.
Treatment can be more effective when cancer is found early.
Because screening for breast, bowel and cervical cancer saves lives, these regular checks are a great thing to get into the habit of doing.