Detect Cancer Early – Be Proactive
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer control objectives are best achieved through a multi-faceted approach for reducing the risk for cancer. Food, nutrition, physical activity and body composition all play a role in increasing cancer risk, or if managed correctly, reducing cancer risk. Diet and leading a balanced lifestyle therefore plays a significant role in reducing the risk of cancer.
Going for regular screening, being vaccinated against viruses that increase cancer risk and knowing your own body and family’s medical history is also important:
- Know your body to recognise changes, seek professional medical consultation if symptoms persist – see warning signs cancer…
- Teach your children to know their own bodies & be aware of symptoms of cancer (children)
- Know your family history and risks – read Fact Sheet Genetic Testing for Cancer
- Do regular self-examination for breast, testicular and skin cancers, especially if there is a family history of cancer
- Know risk factors & symptoms of colorectal cancer…
- Have regular check-ups and screening tests for cancer
- Get all prescribed vaccinations, especially vaccinate against hepatitis B and human papilloma virus to reduce the risk of liver and cervical cancer – read our Position Statement & Fact Sheet re Vaccines & Vaccinations
- Model a healthy, balanced lifestyle to your children
Assess Your Health Risk
To find out if you are at risk for developing cancer, and how you can lower your cancer risk, make use of our online Lifestyle Risk Assessment tool.