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Balanced Lifestyle

Balance Your Lifestyle Today for a Lower Cancer Risk Tomorrow

A balanced lifestyle will reduce your cancer risk and includes making smart food and drink choices; being physically active on a regular basis; maintaining a healthy weight; and avoiding known cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) such as tobacco and alcohol.

Knowing your family’s medical history, going for regular health checks and cancer screening is also strongly advised.

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Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in men (following prostate cancer) and the third most common cancer in women (following breast and cervical cancer). An estimated 6 927 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in South Africa in 2018 which was about 6.5% of all cancers (1). More men (7.3% of all cancers) than women (5.7% of all cancers) were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in this same year.

CANSA launched its Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign in partnership with Medtronic, the global leader in medical technology, as both organisations are passionate about early diagnosis and better treatment outcomes for patients. Unique to the campaign is a large ‘Colin the Colon Tunnel’, an inflatable 2x3m tunnel, which the public can walk through and be educated about colorectal cancer. ‘Colin’ moves around at specific CANSA events and can be booked by interested schools or workplaces and can also be activated at specific lifestyle events. The campaign includes a booklet and an animated video with information giving advice on lowering the risk of colorectal cancer and promoting screening. Read media release…

Choose to MOVE

Choose to move – research indicates that regular physical activity in combination with smart food and drink choices can help lower the risk for cancer, in particular for colorectal, breast and endometrial cancers, and non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.

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Research done in South Africa over the past 15 years indicates high levels of physical inactivity across the lifespan.

Physical inactivity has a role to play in weight management and may indirectly lead to obesity related cancers (which make up 40 % of all cancers diagnosed). Inactivity and obesity also contribute to increasing health care costs.

A recent study found that only 57 % of children aged 8 – 14 years were moderately active while 31 % did not meet the recommendation of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Childhood obesity is associated with a higher chance of obesity, premature death and disability in adulthood, so parents / guardians should take responsibility to ensure that children are physically active and are making smart choices with regards to food and drink.

Physical activity levels tend to decrease with age, and this has been shown in other studies with adolescent and young adults, as well as older adults in South Africa.

The National Cancer Registry (2014) shows a steady increase in the number of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer which brings this cancer to among the top 4 cancers diagnosed in South Africa excluding skin cancers.

So choose to move, and associate physical activity with the green “Walk” traffic light for pedestrians, to keep the importance of this top of mind.

  • Eat and Drink Smart
  • Be Active and Monitor Weight
  • Avoid Carcinogens
  • Detect Cancer Early
Adopt a Balanced Lifestyle

Live Smart – Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Has Cancer Touched Your Life?

Cancer affects one in four South Africans, through diagnosis of family, friends, colleagues or self.

We want you to know that you are not alone and that we would like to support you and your loved ones, regardless of how cancer has touched your life.

Find info & online resources to help you fight cancer and please read more about CANSA’s Holistic Care & Support which is offered at our CANSA Care Centres countrywide.