Life­style habits cause con­cern for Can­cer Coun­cil

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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