State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan is urging the Benalla community to take a proactive approach to reduce the risk of getting cancer.
A recent snapshot by the Cancer Council of Victoria has revealed 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.
Ms Ryan wants to see this figure reduced.
‘‘One third of cancers can be prevented,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘By making small adjustments in our day-to-day lives, we can lower our risk and the risk of those close to us.
‘‘It is important to check regularly for unusual changes to our bodies and have regular screening tests including 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 to 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, including bowel, breast and oesophagus cancer in women.
‘‘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.
‘‘One hour of moderate activity or 30 minutes of vigorous activity is recommended to improve general health and fitness.
‘‘Doing this regularly reduces the risk of bowel and breast cancers.
‘‘Being SunSmart and quitting smoking can also drastically decrease your chances of developing cancer.
‘‘By following these simple steps, we can cut our cancer risk and live a healthier, happier life.’’
●For more information about making changes to your lifestyle to cut your cancer risk, visit www.cancervic.org.au/preventing-cancer