A com­mu­nity is­sue

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

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