90% of Victorians surveyed failed to mention cancer screening as a means of reducing cancer risk
Cancer Council Victoria is urging Victorians to give themselves a mid-year health check in light of worrying research  that shows that only 10% of Victorians named screening when asked what they could do to reduce their cancer risk.
Victorians are putting their health in danger by underestimating the importance of simple cancer screening tests. In fact:
Director of the Cancer Prevention Centre at Cancer Council Victoria, Craig Sinclair, said that greater community awareness of how individual lifestyle choices could impact cancer risk is essential to combat more than 3,000 preventable Victorian cancer deaths each year.
"There is a tendency for people to believe that cancer is out of their control, a product of environmental factors or family history, but in truth, one third of all cancer deaths are due to avoidable risk factors and less than one in 10 are caused by known faulty genes."
"Mid-year is a time when people take stock, sort out their taxes and finances, and revisit their professional goals for the year. We'd like to see Victorians using this mid-year marker as a health check-point too," said Mr Sinclair.
When it comes to cancer, we need to have our facts straight: it's too important not too. Here is a reminder from the Cut Your Cancer Risk team on how you can cut your cancer risk by a third:
Not sure how healthy your lifestyle is and where you need to make changes? Take the Cut your cancer risk quiz.
Cancer Council Victoria's Cut Your Cancer Risk website is designed to help educate the community about cancer prevention through healthy lifestyle choices. Visitors to the site can calculate their cancer risk and set goals to cut their own individual cancer risk.
The Cancer Issues Population Survey (CIPS) has been conducted in 2005, 2007 and 2010, by Cancer Council Victoria's Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer.
The most recent results were taken from a telephone survey of just under 3000 over 18 year olds in Victoria. The research was conducted during July 2010 by a market research company on behalf of Cancer Council Victoria.
1 - Cancer Issues Population Survey (CIPS) 2005, 2007 & 2010, Cancer Council Victoria, Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer. Changes in perception of body weight, physical activity and dietary factors in relation to cancer risk in the population: updated findings