Today, 74 people living in Queensland will be diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, around 25 of those cases could have been prevented.
While most people are settling into a New Year with new resolutions and new routines – those diagnosed are preparing to fight for their lives.
Preventable cancer cases are the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices. What many people don’t realise is that if they don’t take care of their body now, there can be devastating consequences later in life.
Consequences like cancer.
This year, I urge Queenslanders across the state to set a New Year’s resolution that will improve their health and reduce their cancer risk.
Simple lifestyle changes can significantly benefit your health and wellbeing.
Pledge to improve your diet and limit alcohol – aim for five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit a day, limit sugar, saturated fat and salts, and keep hydrated with water.
Increase your physical activity – schedule in a jog or a 60 minute walk every day, or ride a bike to work instead of driving.
Stay SunSmart – slip on protective clothing, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade, and slide on your sunnies the next time you head outside.
Give up smoking – quitting will not only improve your health, but protect those around you. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable cancer cases in Queensland.
We know that change can be hard which is why we’re here to support you through it. If you have any questions about your cancer risk, or have been affected by cancer and need support, reach out via 13 11 20.
Chris McMillan, CEO
Cancer Council Queensland