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A lifestyle to cut cancer risk

By Seymour Telegraph

A recent snapshot by the Cancer Council of Victoria has revealed that a healthier and more active lifestyle can prevent one third of cancers.

According to their findings, 487 people in the Euroa electorate are diagnosed with cancer each year with 1564 currently battling the disease.

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said residents needed to be aware of the early warning signs and take a proactive approach to reduce their own cancer risk.

‘‘One third of cancers can be prevented. By making small adjustments in our day-to-day lives, we can lower our risk and the risk of those close to us,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘It is important to check regularly for unusual changes to our bodies and have regular screening tests for bowel, breast, prostate and cervical cancers. Unusual changes could include lumps or sores that don’t heal, changes in the shape, size or colour of a mole or skin spot and unexplained weight loss.

‘‘The free HPV vaccine offered to girls and boys aged 12-13 can aid in the prevention of some HPV-related cancers, including cervical cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight and partaking in regular exercise can help decrease the risk of some types of cancer ...

‘‘Limiting your alcohol intake to two standard drinks a day can further prevent the risk of some cancers, including those of the mouth, stomach, liver, breast and bowel.’’

Ms Ryan also said regular exercise was important.

‘‘One hour of moderate activity or 30 minutes of vigorous activity ... regularly, reduces the risk of bowel and breast cancers,’’ Ms Ryan said.

For more information visit www.cancervic.org.au/preventing-cancer