Here is an interesting article which has a lot of take home value for you and your family. This is a proven fact and unfortunately most of us are non the wiser. At a health convention I attended in 2006, a leading exercise physiologist reported on an article published by the American health journal, that only 3 x 30-40 minute moderately vigorous exercise sessions on a weekly basis can reduce chronic illness by a massive 68%. Do you want to live a longer, stronger and more fulfilled life? Then read on…
Most Victorians don’t know that failure to exercise can increase their risk of developing cancer, according to a survey released by the Cancer Council Victoria (CCV).
CCV said one-third of deaths from cancer in Victoria each year – or 3000 people – were preventable but people were unaware of the cancer risk factors.
Cancer Prevention Centre director Craig Sinclair said people tended to believe that their risk of developing cancer was down to fate or family history.
In reality, less than one in 10 cancers were caused by known faulty genes, he said.
“While messages are getting through about quitting smoking and being sun smart, people need to understand that cancer risk can be reduced by limiting alcohol intake, having appropriate screening tests, being active and keeping body weight under control by eating fresh fruit and vegetables rather than high-energy foods,” he said.
“However, when surveyed, only 19 per cent of Victorians volunteered that leading a healthy lifestyle is a step that can be taken to reduce cancer risk.”
The findings are contained in the Council’s most recent population survey, in which more than 3000 Victorian adults were surveyed by telephone in 2007.
The findings were released on Tuesday to coincide with the launch of a website to help educate the community about cancer prevention.
The website, Cut Your Cancer Risk, helps people calculate their cancer risk and set goals to reduce it.
According to the survey, just 49 per cent of those surveyed believed lack of exercise was an important cancer risk factor.
And only 55 per cent of Victorians know that being overweight can cause cancer.
When asked to identify ways to reduce cancer risk, only 4 per cent said controlling weight.
Cancer Council research shows that a waistline of over 100cm for men and 85cm for women significantly increases the risk of some types of cancer, including cancers of the bowel, breast and oesophagus.
Mr Sinclair said it was also concerning that the link between alcohol and cancer was not well known.
While more than 1300 people died from cancer due to excessive alcohol consumption in Australia in 2005, 94 per cent of Victorians failed to mention limiting alcohol intake as a way to reduce cancer risk.
The website is: cutyourcancerrisk.org.au