Reducing Your Cancer Risk

Be active

Be active

You can lower your cancer risk through eating a healthy diet and being physically active. Find out more about: Cancer and physical activity Taking time to be active Tips and hints Evidence suggests that maintaining a healthy weight throughout life is one of the most important ways to protect against many types of cancer, and…

Being SunSmart

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…

Cancer immunisation

Immunisation stimulates the body’s immune system to protect against specific diseases, including precancerous viral infections. There are currently two vaccines available that may reduce your risk of developing certain cancers: Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and HPV-related cancers Hepatitis B vaccine and primary liver cancer Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination HPV is a very common sexually transmitted…

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…

Live Well, Be Well

Live well be well

Live Well, Be Well radio is broadcast across Queensland each Saturday morning on 96Five and 91.9 Fresh FM, and available via podcast. Hosted by CCQ’s spokesperson Katie Clift, Live Well, Be Well radio gives Queenslanders practical advice, new ideas, fresh tips and the latest in health news to help listeners live their healthiest and happiest…

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 5,000 new cases of cancer in Australia each year. Approximately 3.6 million Australians could be exposed to one or…

QUEST

SunSmart

One third of cancers are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. Cancer Council Queensland believes that every school, workplace, early childhood service, sporting club and local council can help create a cancer free future by joining QUEST, a free online healthy lifestyle program for organisations. QUEST stands for Q Quit Smoking, U Understand your body and…

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 is known to cause lung cancer, and is a major risk factor in the following cancers: mouth and throat (oral,…