The cancer risk factors
The causes of cancer are complex, but many cases can be prevented by healthy lifestyle choices, as CCQ CEO Chris McMillan explains.
Thanks to successful health campaigns, we have seen positive changes in sun-related and smoking behaviours and attitudes.
However, more awareness is needed for other lifestyle risk factors that contribute to an increased cancer risk.
We need to talk about all these factors.
Achieve a healthy weight. Evidence shows that being overweight or obese significantly increases your risk of some types of cancer.
Eat a healthy diet. Fruit and vegetables can help you maintain a healthy weight.
They also contain natural protective substances. Meanwhile, eating red meat and processed meat may increase the risk of bowel cancer.
Eat five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit each day, limit red meat intake to less than 500 grams a week and avoid eating processed meats.
Be physically active. Incorporating one hour of moderate activity or 30 minutes of vigorous activity into everyday life can reduce your risk.
Cut down on alcohol. CCQ recommends people drink no more than two standard drinks a day.
Don’t smoke. For support to quit, contact your doctor or call Quitline on 13 78 48.
Protect yourself from the sun.
The sun’s UV radiation is the major cause of skin cancer, so Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunglasses.
To get info on screening programs and fundraising, contact the Chinchilla Cancer Council branch.