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August 2021 Cancer Awareness Dates
Skin cancer is the most preventable cancer. Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation causes most skin cancer. Be sure to use adequate sun protection year-round. Never use indoor tanning beds. Check out our SunSmart tips and programmes here Slip, Slap, Slope, Seek, Slide - The 5 S's.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET
Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Limit red meat and cut out processed meats, more information.
Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day can make a big difference in your general health and well-being. Inactivity and obesity have been linked to breast and colorectal cancer, and there is also some evidence of a link to lung and pancreatic cancer. Add exercise to your routine to reduce stress, increase energy, boost your immune system, control your weight and reduce your risk for cancer, more information.
The use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes has been linked to many types of cancer, including lung, colorectal, breast, throat, cervical, bladder, mouth and oesophagal. It's never too late to quit. Non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are also at risk for lung cancer and other respiratory conditions.
REDUCE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Alcohol can increase your risk for liver, colorectal and breast cancers. If you drink alcohol, have no more than two drinks a day if you are a man or one drink a day if you are a woman. Lesrn more here.
PRACTICE SAFE SEX AND GET IMMUNISED
Many strains of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) are spread through skin to skin contact during vaginal, anal and oral sex. High-risk strains of HPV have increasingly been found to cause many types of cancer. The Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can also be spread from person to person through unprotected sex. It can cause long-term liver infections that can increase a person's chance of developing liver cancer.
Certain viruses have been linked to cancer, but are preventable through vaccination. Talk to your physician about the age recommendations for HPV vaccines.
KNOW YOUR FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY AND GET REGULAR CANCER SCREENINGS
Talk to your physician about cancer screening. Some tests can help detect cancer early when treatment is more likely to be successful, and some can also detect precancerous conditions before they become cancer.