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Guests come up to Mt Tamborine and stay here to escape from their busy lifestyle

One of the rising consequences of our stressful lifestyle is the increase in cancer.

A lot of people think that cancer is something that will happen to someone else. According to Cancer Council Queensland "One in two Queensland men and one in two Queensland women will develop cancer in their lifetime (before the age of 85 years).", so it’s important to understand that it can affect you.

In a study done by the said council, “the five most common cancers diagnosed in the Gold Coast region are prostate cancer (males only), melanoma, colorectal cancer, female breast cancer and lung cancer”.

The good news is that lifestyle changes could cut your risks by 50%.

Protect your skin

Be sun smart and protect your skin – Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.

Maintain a healthy weight

For women, it is recommended to maintain a waist measurement of less than 80 cm and for men 94 cm.

  • Choose reduced or non- fat milk and dairy products
  • Get your nutritional needs through your diet, not supplements
  • Be physically active.

Eat a healthy diet

Make it a goal to eat five servings of vegetables (one serve is half a cup of cooked vegies or one cup of salad) and two serves of fruit (one serve is one medium sized piece) daily. They contain carcinogens, which are natural protective substances that may destroy cancer-causing agents.

  • Limit red meat to 3-4 serves a week – one serve is about the size of your palm.
  • Avoid processed meats such as sausages, salami and bacon.

Be physically active

Do one hour of moderate or 30 minutes of vigorous activity on most days of the week.

  • If you have a sedentary job, take regular activity breaks and move as much as you can.
  • Cycle to work or take the bus and get off one stop earlier then walk.
  • Take your kids or grandkids to play in the garden or park.

Quit Smoking

Tobacco smoke has over 5,000 chemical compounds and numerous poisonous chemicals, including 70 known cancer causing agents.

12 hours after you quit smoking most of the nicotine will be out of your bloodstream, within months your immune system will improve and your risk of lung cancer will be less than half that of a smoker after 10 years.

Limit alcohol

If you’re not a drinker, it is best not to start but if you choose to drink:

  • Have no more than 2 a day and avoid binge drinking.
  • Choose low alcohol drinks
  • Have some food when you drink.

Find cancer early

The earlier a cancer is diagnosed the better. According to Cancer Council South Australia:

  • Bowel cancer is 90% curable if found at an early stage.
  • Finding and treating breast cancer early may improve the outcome.
  • Early changes to the cells can be detected before cancer of the cervix develops.
  • Finding skin cancer early gives you the best chance of successful treatment.

Family History

Some cancers may demonstrate a familial tendency including: breast, ovarian, bowel, endometrial, kidney, stomach, brain, thyroid and retina. If any of your close relatives have been affected by any of these, visit your local doctor to have your family history assessed and refer you to a familial cancer clinic, if appropriate.

References:

http://www.cancerqld.org.au/icms_docs/61665_Gold_Coast_RCFS_679_KB.pdf
http://www.cancersa.org.au/information/a-z-index/eating-a-healthy-diet?path=/information/i-want-to-cut-my-cancer-risk/eating-a-healthy-diet
http://www.cancerqld.org.au/page/early_detection/bowel_cancer/
http://www.cancerqld.org.au/page/information_resources/fact_sheets_and_statistics/

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