The latest World Health Organisation (WHO) report reveals cancer has overtaken heart disease as Australia’s biggest killer. In fact, 8.2 million people died from cancer globally in 2012, including 40,000 Australians. But here’s something to celebrate: living a healthy lifestyle can significantly slash your cancer risk. Up to 70% of cancers are lifestyle-related and therefore avoidable. “We can prevent most cancers, which means we don’t have to leave it to fate,” says Blythe O’Hara, cancer-prevention manager at Cancer Institute NSW. “Lifestyle is a major factor. All Australians have the power to reduce their cancer risk by up to two-thirds: eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, protect your skin and eyes from the sun, exercise and don’t smoke. Your health is your most valuable asset, and these simple everyday changes will give your body the best chance against cancer.” Recent research has uncovered some surprising new ways to weave disease prevention into your daily life. Making these 10 small changes is easy.
By Richard Laliberte and Cecily-Anna Bennett
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