Reducing your cancer risk

Did you know that at least one third of all cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices?

Cut your cancer risk by:

  • Not smoking
  • Eating healthily and drinking less alcohol
  • Being SunSmart
  • Taking time to be active
  • Getting immunised
  • Being aware of other hazards

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You can join QUEST, Cancer Council Queensland’s free online healthy lifestyle program.

For more information about cancer prevention call Cancer Council on 13 11 20 or visit Cancer Council’s cut your cancer risk website.

Cancer immunisation

Immunisation stimulates the body’s immune system to protect against specific diseases, including precancerous viral infections. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination HPV is a very common sexually transmitted infection that affects both males and females. HPV is responsible for almost all cervical cancer cases, and a high proportion of other cancers (eg anal, vaginal, penile, cancers of…

Eating and drinking

Healthy eating and drinking

Around one quarter of all cancers can be prevented through eating a healthy diet and being physically active. Choose a diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, low fat dairy and small amounts of lean red meat. Along with limiting foods and drinks that are high in saturated fat, added sugars and added salt, this reduces…

Other risks

There are some occupational hazards (where you work) and environmental hazards (where you live) that can increase your risk of certain cancers. Occupational cancer risks Exposure to carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) in the workplace is estimated to cause over 5000 new cases of cancer in Australia each year. Approximately 3.6 million Australians could be exposed to one or…

Physical activity

Be active

Evidence suggests that maintaining a healthy weight throughout life is one of the most important ways to protect against many types of cancer, and doing some physical activity every day can help achieve this. Benefits of being physically active Even if you are not overweight, sitting for long periods (sedentary behaviour) and insufficient physical activity…

Sun Protection

SunSmart

The vast majority of skin cancers, including melanoma, are caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources, such as solariums. Queensland has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. However, by staying SunSmart every day you can reduce your exposure to UV radiation and cut your…

Tobacco smoking

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease, including cancer, in the developed world. In Australia, smoking causes around one in five cancer deaths, which includes more than 3400 deaths in Queensland each year. Smoking and cancer Smoking is known to cause lung cancer, and is a major risk factor in the following cancers: Mouth…