Health

Walking Stars will challenge you physically. The training you follow could help you to make simple changes that will lead to a healthier lifestyle. These simple changes will also reduce your cancer risk.

Ways to reduce your cancer risk

Get checked

Ignoring cancer won’t make it go away. Be vigilant to any changes in your body and get them checked out. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer but it’s good to rule it out.

Early detection saves lives!

Limit alcohol

Alcohol is a known cause of numerous cancers but you can reduce your risk by limiting your drinking or choosing to abstain altogether.

If you choose to drink, Cancer Council Victoria recommends drinking within the Australian guidelines for low risk alcohol consumption - no more than two standard drinks a day.

Eat a healthy diet

Fruit and vegetables contain natural substances which may destroy cancer-causing agents (carcinogens). They are also low in fat and kilojoules, helping you maintain a healthy body weight – a key protective factor against cancer.

Aim for five serves of veg and two serves of fruit a day! Also limit red meat intake and avoid processed meats to reduce your risk.

More on healthy eating

Be physically active

You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to reduce your cancer risk with regular physical exercise. Getting off the bus a stop earlier or walking to the shops instead of driving can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

Just 30 minutes of vigorous activity or an hour of moderate activity each day can reduce your risk of cancer.

Be SunSmart

 

The sun’s UV radiation is a major cause of skin cancer but also the best natural source of vitamin D so getting the balance right is crucial.

Always remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide before training out in the sun.

 

Learn more.

Quit smoking

There is no safe level of smoking so the sooner you quit, the more you cut your risk of cancer. And it’s never too late to quit. Now is the time for a happier, healthier you!

Call the Quitline and get the support you need.

Be a healthy weight

Reducing your waistline can significantly reduce your risk of a cancer diagnosis. More than a third of Australian cancer deaths are related to unhealthy lifestyles including poor eating and exercise habits.

Get the balance right by cutting back on foods and drinks high in fat and sugar, reduce your portion sizes and choose fish and poultry over red meats.

More on maintaining a healthy weight

Take our cancer risk quiz

Want to know how you can reduce your cancer risk? Take our simple quiz and get instant feedback on how you can make lifestyle changes for a healthier you.