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Lack of seeking shade leads to sunburnt teens

Shade grants up to $25,000 now available to secondary schools Australian teens are failing to seek shade when outdoors, blaming ‘staying in the sun too long’ as the major cause of sunburn, Cancer Council research shows. Data from the Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey shows one in five adolescents are still getting sunburnt each…

Shop well, stay well!

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift helps us stay well by shopping well! If it’s in the pantry, you’ll eat it. I know it sounds like common sense, but it’s true! If we shop well, and keep tempting treats out of our reach, it makes it far easier to make healthier choices every day. It’s…

Enjoy Australia Day the SunSmart way!

Dust off your wide-brim corkscrew hats and Aussie flag board shorts – it’s time for Australia Day and Cancer Council is urging all Queenslanders to enjoy it the SunSmart way! With temperatures across Brisbane set to soar to a hot 36 degrees this weekend, it is important for all taking part in Australia Day celebrations…

Plain-packs may prompt Aussies to quit

New research suggests plain packaging is prompting Australians to quit smoking, with reports of a spike in calls to Quitline following the introduction of the world-first law.   The research*, published in The Medical Journal of Australia this week, shows a 78 per cent increase in weekly calls to Quitline coinciding with the introduction of…

Townsville schools in need of a Slip, Slop, Slap

Cancer Council is calling on Townsville schools to reinforce their SunSmart policies, with new research showing some are slacking off when it comes to skin cancer prevention. The recent study*, conducted by James Cook University, showed only 53 per cent of students and 47 per cent of adults in SunSmart schools in Townsville wear hats…

Cancer named top health concern for Aussies

Cancer has been named the nation’s top health concern, prompting Cancer Council to call on all Australians to take greater action to reduce their personal risk. Almost half of those surveyed (49 per cent) in AIA Australia’s 2013 Healthy Living Index Survey were more worried about a cancer diagnosis than any other health condition including…

Tax may be part of bitter-sweet solution

Cancer Council has renewed its call for a sugary drinks tax to be considered, with Queenslanders at serious risk of long-term health problems from overconsumption. An investigation into tax options is part of a range of recommendations to reduce sugary drink consumption released by Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and the Heart Foundation (Victoria). Cancer Council…

Hints to stay healthy this New Year!

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift shares our secrets to keeping your health and wellbeing New Year’s resolutions! Welcome to 2014! A fresh new year to set some big goals for your health and wellbeing! Many of you may have already kick-started your resolutions with the best of intentions. Alarmingly though, stats show only 12…