A community issue
WE ALL have a role to play in cancer control.
One Queenslander is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes.
It’s a disease that affects all of us in some way, often leaving a path of despair.
Of urgent concern, cancer still remains the leading cause of health burden in Australia.
Not only are 27,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer annually, but 8700 Queenslanders will tragically lose their life to this devastating disease.
It begs the question, what can we do to ensure Queenslanders have the best possible chances of preventing, detecting early, and beating this disease?
Astonishingly, 48% of the entire cancer burden in Australia can be attributed to lung, bowel, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers.
In Queensland, skin cancer is also a major burden, both in terms of the physical and emotional toll it takes, and also because of the toll it takes on our community and the economy.
An estimated 324,000 non-melanoma skin cancers are cut out every year in Queensland.
You can reduce your personal risk just by being SunSmart.
Moreover, if you’re a smoker, quit today and you will significantly reduce your risk of lung cancer.
Of particular importance, eating a healthy diet can reduce your risk of a range of cancers, including bowel and stomach cancer.
And reducing your alcohol intake can curb your risks of cancers including liver, bowel, oesophageal and breast cancer in women.
Equally, physical activity can reduce your risks of bowel and breast cancers, and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of cancers such as liver, pancreas and kidney cancer.
The evidence is clear, all of us have the power to influence cancer control, and Cancer Council Queensland is here to help.
We’re urging all Queenslanders, once again, to put your health first and stand up to cancer. Together, we can save lives.
We’re here for all Queenslanders, all cancers. Simply call 13 11 20 to talk to our team. — Ms Chris McMillan CEO, Cancer Council Queensland