Taking care of you

Walking Stars will challenge you physically. The training you follow could help you to make simple changes that will lead  to a healthier lifestyle, these simple changes will also reduce your cancer risk.  

Be Smokefree

As the largest single preventable cause of cancer, smoking is a key area of work for the Cancer Society. Be Smokefree  

Be SunSmart

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in New Zealand. Melanoma is the most serious type, and our rates are amongst the highest in the world. Skin cancer is largely preventable. Over 90% of all skin cancer cases are attributed to excess sun exposure. We encourage all New Zealanders to be SunSmart and to 'slip. slop, slap and wrap.' Be SunSmart   

Eat the right foods

Dietary factors are estimated to account for approximately 30 percent of cancers in industrialised countries - making diet second only to tobacco as a theoretically preventable cause of cancer. Eat the right foods  

Reduce alcohol

There is convincing evidence that alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing some cancers. Not everyone who drinks will develop cancer. But on the whole, scientists have found that some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol than others. Reduce alcohol 

Get active

There is convincing evidence that being regularly physically active reduces the risk of developing some of the most common cancers. Get active

Attend recommended screening

The early detection of cancer means finding cancer before there are symptoms or as soon as possible after they develop. Its aim is to find the cancer before it has time to spread to other parts of the body. This can be done through screening programmes or by recognising early warning signs. Early detection can help to reduce the time before diagnosis and, hopefully, lower the mortality rates for many types of cancer. It is important to always seek medical advice as soon as you notice any unusual changes. Screening

Spot cancer early

Unfortunately, while some cancers have early warning signs that are easy to identify many do not. The important message is to be aware of any changes that are out of the ordinary for you and to see a health professional as soon as possible to discuss what these changes may mean.

Changes to look out for include:

  • Problems with your ‘water works'
  • Changes in moles or freckles
  • A lump or change in your breast, testicle or elsewhere
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Changes in bowel habits

Any unusual or new symptom that continues for more than two weeks should be checked by a doctor.

For any question on any cancer or to get support please phone 0800 Cancer Information Helpline on 0800 CANCER (226 237)

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