Prevention and Detection
Learn more about the steps you can take to lead a healthier lifestyle and reduce your cancer risk.
There are six main areas you can address to reduce your cancer risk.
Drink less alcohol
Consuming alcohol doesn’t mean you will develop cancer but reducing your alcohol intake can lower your risk of developing some cancers such as that of the larynx, liver and breast. Put plainly, the more you drink the greater your risk of developing cancer.
Aside from the numerous other benefits of exercise, regular physical activity has been proven to reduce the risk of cancer. Exercise helps to maintain healthy blood pressure, improve cardiovascular fitness and reduce the cancer risks associate with obesity.
The benefits of a healthy diet will help you look and feel good but there is a more serious reason for eating well. A typical Australian diet contains too much sugar. This can lead to obesity which is thought to increase the risk of some cancers.
You’ve heard it before, it isn’t news. But you might not know that one in five cancer deaths in Australia are caused by smoking. The impact of smoking is not limited lung cancer. Smoking can also cause cancer of the kidney, bladder and cervix.
Mammograms do not prevent breast cancer but can detect the majority of cases before they can be felt. Screening is important as the earlier the presence of cancer is detected the easier it is to treat. Early detection means a better chance of survival.
More about breast screening >>
Investigate your history
Your family health history may mean you are predisposed to developing cancer during your lifetime. Understanding the time, type and frequency of the occurrences of cancer in your family will empower you to take control and manage your health proactively.