Tomorrow is World Cancer Day and the Cancer Council NSW is encouraging residents in the Central West to commit to making healthier lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk.
The theme for the day: We can. I can – encourages anyone, young or old, to make positive changes to help reduce their cancer risk, according to Ricky Puata at Cancer Council NSW Western region.
“We know that 1 in 3 cases of cancer can be prevented by making simple changes to our lifestyle. In addition to being sun safe and quitting smoking, being more active, eating enough fruits and vegetables, limiting intake of red meat and alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight are easy lifestyle habits that can significantly reduce our cancer risk.
“Sport is a huge part of the Western region community; why not join a Saturday social team to get active or head for a walk with friends,” said Ricky.
“Add some extra veggies to your Saturday barbeque, and consider swapping some of the red meat options for chicken or fish. Any reduction in drinking alcohol will help to reduce your cancer risk too.”
In Australia, 37,000 cases of cancer could be prevented each year by taking these simple actions for a healthier lifestyle.” In Western NSW alone 1,864 people are es- timated to be diagnosed with cancer in a single year, with 632 deaths expected.
For more information on cancer preven- tion, visit www.1in3cancers.com.au.