World Cancer Day is a day to reflect on what you can do to help reduce the global burden of cancer. The three year campaign with the theme ‘We can. I can’ aims to explore how everyone can do their part to fight cancer. There are many ways to get involved in World Cancer Day from shaping policy change to supporting others. Making healthier lifestyle choices are a great way to reduce the risk of cancer and what better way to start your new lifestyle than on World Cancer Day.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Quit smoking- smoking is the largest preventable cause of cancer across the globe. Giving up today can be hugely beneficial for your health as well as the health of those around you.
- Maintain a healthy weight- being overweight increases the risk of many cancers including bowel and liver cancer. Stay a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and keeping active.
- Cut down on alcohol- excess alcohol consumption has been linked with an increased risk of cancer. If you drink alcohol most days, start by having three alcohol free days each week to reduce your weekly intake.
- Reduce exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation- although those summer beach days may seem very far away it is important to remember that UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds can increase your risk of skin cancer significantly. Avoid using sunbeds and make sure to put on a good quality sun cream when going out in the sun.
For more information on how you can get involved in fighting cancer, visit the World Cancer Day website.