The cancer risk fac­tors

Chinchilla News - - NEWS | OPINION -

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.

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