letter to the Editor

Become a SunSmart school – protect children from harmful UV rays

Kids in hats at a SunSmart School

Letter to the Editor January 31, 2018  Dear Editor, Queensland’s sun is harsh. We have the unfortunate title of the skin cancer capital of the world and when children are at school, daily ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are at their peak. This brings responsibility to schools, as well as a wonderful opportunity to educate children about UV and engender sun protective behaviours as…

Letter to the Editor: Help us tackle tobacco

Dear Editor, Rates of daily smoking are more than double among adults living in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas compared to those in advantaged areas – putting those people’s health and lives at risk On behalf of Cancer Council Queensland, I encourage social and community service organisations to help us to stamp out smoking by joining our…

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…