World Cancer Day 2019
World Cancer Day is an opportunity for you to learn more, look after your body, and help others.
This year’s theme is ‘I Am And I Will’, encouraging people to make a personal commitment – individuals can change the future of cancer.
Taking place every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population to improve cancer outcomes.
Here is what you can do.
Cancer does not discriminate in who it impacts, but living a healthy lifestyle can change your chance of getting the disease.
Here are some of the everyday lifestyle choices everyone can make that will reduce the risk of cancer:
- Stop smoking, or help someone else quit – tobacco smoke is the largest cause of preventable death and disease in NSW.
- Reduce alcohol intake – daily use can increase the risk of several key cancers.
- Maintain a healthy body weight – being overweight or obese can increase your risk of many common cancers.
- Exercise regularly
- Eat well and maintain a healthy diet
- Use five methods of skin protection – sun safety can stop 95 per cent of melanomas.
One in two people in NSW will be impacted by cancer. Learning more about the disease can help you cope with a diagnosis, or help a colleague, friend or family member.
Some of the important things everyone can learn include:
- What is cancer?
- What causes cancer?
- What are the symptoms of cancer?
- What are the different stages of cancer?
- How do I manage my cancer care?
Early detection of cancer can completely change a person’s outlook. It can mean more treatment options, and better outcomes.
Cancer screening can help find cancers early, in some cases before you even have any symptoms. Find out what’s available in NSW:
- Screen for bowel cancer - if detected early, bowel cancer can be successfully treated in more than 90% of cases.
- Screen for breast cancer – one in seven women in NSW will develop breast cancer, but early detection makes a difference.
- Screen for cervical cancer – with the new Cervical Screening Test and HPV vaccine, it is one of the most preventable cancers.
- Listen out for lung cancer – lung cancer is the most common cancer in NSW; learning the symptoms is important for everyone.
- Speak to your GP if you have any concerns.