Cancer mythbusters roadshow
CANCER COUNCIL TO FOCUS ON PREVENTION IN STATE TOUR
DOES sunscreen cause cancer? Does coffee? Or red meat?
To mark 60 years of operation, the Cancer Council of WA is heading to Midland as part of its tour around the state to debunk common cancer myths.
Cancer Council WA regional education officer Mikala Atkinson said there were many cancer myths out there that were easily spread via social media.
“In order of popularity, the most popular myth pages are related to artificial sweeteners, toothpaste, chlorine, sunscreen and coffee and tea. However there’s no evidence to suggest any of these things increase your cancer risk,” she said.
“These myths are often a result of obscure studies, misinterpretation of research and commercial interference.
“For example, a competitor may start a rumour about ingredients used by their competitors to position their own product as a more desirable product.
“The ease in which people can post things on the internet and across social media makes it very easy for these myths to spread.”
Ms Atkinson said people needed to focus on what would reduce their risk of cancer and not those that caused unnecessary anxiety and concern.
“What we do know is that one in three cancers can be prevented by healthy lifestyle choices,” she said.
“In Australia, approximately 37,000 – or one third of cancer cases each year – are preventable.
“Evidence shows that smoking cigarettes, not being sun smart, drinking too much alcohol, being overweight, not doing enough physical activity, eating too much red and processed meat and not eating enough fruit and vegetables increase a person’s cancer risk.
“Our free cancer myths Q&A session is an opportunity to come down and have your questions answered by our experts.”
To register, visit http://bit.ly/2FA5oHU or call 1300 65 65 85.
Cancer Support co-ordinator Christina Line with regional education officer Mikala Atkinsonfrom the Midland office of Cancer Council WA.