What's your risk of cancer?

Friday 16 July, 2010

They say an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. We think a megabyte of prevention must be a very good thing. Find out for yourself at www.CutYourCancerRisk.org.au.

Launched today, the Cut Your Cancer Risk website aims to encourage individuals to adopt seven habits that can not only drastically reduce your chance of developing cancer, but also decrease your risk of other major chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

We all know we should eat less eat, exercise more and give up unhealthy habits like drinking too much alcohol, but did you know that by making these lifestyle changes you can also cut your risk of cancer?

In fact, more than a third of all cancers can be prevented by:

  1. Quitting or avoiding smoking
  2. Limiting alcohol
  3. Being SunSmart
  4. Eating a healthy diet
  5. Being physically active
  6. Getting screened
  7. Maintaining a healthy weight

The Cut Your Cancer Risk website contains a lifestyle quiz to help you understand where your risk lies and provides personalised tips and challenges to motivate you to make small but significant changes to your life.

From eating broccoli to avoiding hairspray, new findings on what causes or prevents cancer seem to be discovered every day. The website has a blog function that goes behind the headlines and discusses topical issues in cancer prevention. Join the discussion at www.cutyourcancerrisk.org.au/blog or stay in the loop by signing up to the blog.

Cancer Council Victoria has a long history of running successful advocacy campaigns around tobacco control and solariums to name just a few. Cut Your Cancer Risk contains a list of ways you can get involved from letter writing to MPs to volunteering for clinical trials or you can sign up to hear about our future campaigns. To get active, head to www.cutyourcancerrisk.org.au/take-action.

Updated: 16 Jul, 2010