People across Australia urged to commit to a healthier lifestyle

Thursday, 19 January 2012

People across Australia can now have a better understanding of what causes cancer, learn ways to prevent it and commit to a healthier lifestyle at a touch of a button, thanks to an interactive online cancer infographic launched by Cancer Council NSW today.

The cancer infographic, Hope – Turning the Page on Cancer, uses creative design and an interactive build to demystify cancer myths and reveal evidence-based facts on what causes cancer, primary risk factors and the five pillars of prevention.

The information is followed by a call to action asking users to publicly declare via Facebook and Twitter, the cancer risk factor they will commit to reducing this year.

Dr Andrew Penman, CEO at Cancer Council NSW said the concept was developed to help Australians better understand cancer, improve their knowledge and ways they can reduce their risk.

“There’s so much information out there so the idea was to break it down so it’s easy for people to digest,” he said.

The reality is 30 per cent of cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices. The infographic clearly and simply states the facts on cancer and gives people hope around the lifestyle choices they can make to help prevent the disease.

“We are excited to be working in the social media space and hope the launch of the infographic and its share-ability will help Australians better understand cancer and spread the important message of prevention,” he said.

To start using the infographic, simply visit www.cancercouncil.com.au/hope.

Media contact: Gina Murphy, Publicity Officer HSD, Cancer Council NSW

Email: ginam@nswcc.org.au

Tel: 02 – 9334 1428