Lifestyle habits cause concern for Cancer Council
CANCER Council Queensland has voiced concern over lifestyle habits in Far North Queensland, with fears locals are fast increasing their risk of preventable cancers.
In 2010, 432 people died from cancer in the Far North Queensland region. An esti- mated 144 of these cancer deaths could have been prevented. According to Queensland Healths Self-Reported Health Status 2012, Far North Queenslanders consumed riskier levels of alcohol, smoked more and were more likely to be sunburnt when com- pared with the state average. Almost 18 per cent of the Far North Queensland population smoke daily, higher than the state average of 14 per cent. Around 21 per cent consume risky levels of alcohol on at least one single occasion each week. Almost 60 per cent of the population are an unhealthy weight. Research estimates one-third of cancers are due to lifestyle factors including smoking, sun exposure, poor diet, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise or being overweight.