letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: International Volunteer Day

Dear Editor, December 5 is International Volunteer Day, an opportunity for Cancer Council Queensland to thank and celebrate the many thousands of volunteers in our community who contribute to cancer control. We are proud to have the support of around 30,000 volunteers, fundraisers and supporters  across the state, without whose passion and dedication we simply…

Thank you for raising your cuppa for a cure

Dear Editor, I am writing today to thank the thousands of Queenslanders who raised their cups for a cancer free future during May. More than 4600 Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea hosts gathered people together in homes, schools, offices and community centres across the state to help us raise more than $2.2 million to help ease…

Cancer Council turning the Sunshine State into a SunSmart State

Skin cancer prevention

Dear Editor, In an effort to help primary schools and early childhood centres improve sun safe policies and protect the next generation, we’re encouraging schools to join Cancer Council Queensland’s SunSmart Program. Joining this free program is the first of many simple steps your school or early childhood centre can take to protect staff and…

The cancer risk factors you might not be aware of yet

The causes of cancer are complex, but many cases can be prevented by healthy lifestyle choices, as Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan explains. Thanks to successful health campaigns, we have seen positive changes in sun-related and smoking behaviours and attitudes. Each year, thousands of skin cancer cases are prevented because people are more…

Eating well for your waistline and wallet

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan explains that eating healthily doesn’t have to hit your hip pocket. Have you been shocked by the amount of unhealthy food that’s slipped into your shopping cart or the total you’ve managed to rack up at the checkout? Between the latest food trends, marketing hype and product placement,…

Sugary drinks a recipe for disaster – we can all cut down for better health

It’s no secret that we shouldn’t be drinking sugary drinks. As more and more research investigates the ill effects of regular consumption of soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and cordials, it may be time for you to give it up, or at least reduce the amount you consume on a daily or weekly basis.…

Failure to introduce a sugary drink tax is no sweet deal

Dear Editor, We need a tax on sugary drinks – it’s as simple as that. Our state’s obesity epidemic is not slowing down and needs to be addressed. Cancer Council Queensland has long called for initiatives to tackle obesity, which includes introducing a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks. Sweetened beverages are a major…

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Dear Editor, One in five Queensland men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 85 – our dads, brothers, grandfathers, partners and friends are at risk. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer among men in Queensland, with around 4000 men diagnosed each year on average. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness…

Cancer Council applauds Government action to improve hospital parking

Dear Editor, I write to commend the State Government on their announcement to make an additional 100,000 free and discounted car parking spaces available at public hospitals each year to help Queenslanders in need. The $7.5 million boost, which is part of a four-point action plan, will significantly advance our efforts to better support Queensland…