World Cancer Day 2018

From across NSW, people are coming together and pledging to reduce the impact of cancer.

Sunday, 4 February marks World Cancer Day – a global event aiming to educate and raise awareness about the disease.

From researchers, to health professionals, to people with cancer – everybody can do something to reduce their own risk of cancer, and help others.

Working towards a cancer-free future

Cancer researchers across the state are working to create new treatments, support and resources for people with cancer.

Each is making a difference in their own unique way, but they are all an important part of giving people with cancer a brighter future.

Our experiences can help others

People who have lived with cancer have important messages to share – they can help everyone reduce their cancer risk, and find the cancer screening services they need.

What can you do this World Cancer Day?

There are changes big and small everyone can pledge this World Cancer Day to reduce their risk of the disease.

  • I can quit smoking
    Tobacco smoking is the largest cause of preventable disease and death in NSW. Quitting smoking at any time can improve your health.

    Find out what resources and tips are available to help.
  • I can screen for bowel cancer
    If found early, 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated.

    Find out how and when to start screening.
  • I can be sun safe
    Sun safety can stop 95 per cent of melanomas, and there are five easy ways everyone can do it.

    Tips for how to protect your skin.
  • I can eat healthy
    There is strong evidence being overweight or obese can increase the risk of many common cancers.

    Find out how eating healthy with plenty of fruit and vegetables can help.
  • I can screen for cervical cancer
    Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and having a Cervical Screening Test every 5 years is now the best way to prevent it.

    Find out how and when to start screening.
  • I can drink less alcohol
    Drinking alcohol daily can increase the risk of several cancers including liver, bowel and breast.

    Find out more about the link between alcohol and cancer.
  • I can exercise more
    A physically active lifestyle can reduce your risk of cancer as well as heart disease, type 2 diabetes.

    Find out more about how you can reduce your risk.
  • I can screen for breast cancer
    A screening mammogram is the best method to detect breast cancer early for women over the age of 50.

    Find out more about why breast screening is important.

No matter who you are, everyone is encouraged to share a message on Sunday, 4 February, using #WeCanICan and #WorldCancerDay across FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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