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.
As the largest single preventable cause of cancer, smoking is a key area of work for the Cancer Society. Be Smokefree
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
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
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
There is convincing evidence that being regularly physically active reduces the risk of developing some of the most common cancers. Get active
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
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:
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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