Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and around 115,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year in Australia. While some risk factors are outside of our control, evidence shows that around one third of cancers are potentially preventable.
Some lifestyle factors can affect a person’s risk of developing cancer. There are some simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of cancer which include quitting smoking, being sun smart, maintaining a healthy diet, getting active and limiting alcohol intake.
Finding cancer early can lead to better outcomes from cancer treatment. Regular screening and being aware of signs and symptoms can help find cancer early.
Cancer Australia supports cancer prevention and early detection by supporting increased consumer awareness and understanding of cancer risk and appropriate screening and early detection strategies.