Study looking into whether there is a meat and cancer link
A new study from the UK is looking at whether there is a link between eating meat and cancer. The study is of 70,000 vegetarians to find out more information. A previous study was conducted which found a diet rich in animal protein led to a fourfold increase in the risk of death from cancer or diabetes however they only surveyed 6381 people. Read more
The study is being conducted by the University of Oxford’s cancer epidemiology unit.
For many years celebrities speaking out about their personal health issues has resulted in higher awareness and behaviour change by the public. While this is a good thing there is also the belief that it is a mixed blessing. Professor SImon Chapman from the University of Sydney's School of Public Health, has said that while it can be a good thing, like when Kylie Minogue's breast cancer diagnosis saw an increase in women in the high risk age group having mammograms. It also led to an increase in younger women at low risk of breast cancer having mammograms, which exposed them to unnecessary radiation, Chapman says.
There is also an issue where celebrities are linked to foods or habits that don’t have good evidence to back their use – being a model or a movie star doesn’t confer a degree in nutrition science.
WHO releases new guidelines halving their previous recommended amount of added sugar in diets
The World Health Organisation has today released draft guidelines which has your daily sugar intake should be 5 per cent of your total calories which is half of what they previously recommended. They made this decision after reviewing about 9000 studies, WHO's expert panel believe this level of sugar intake will help combat obesity and cavities. Read more
The draft guidelines have been published online and WHO is inviting the public to comment via their website intil the end of March.
NSW men over the age of 50 are three times as likely to die from melanoma as women of similar age¹, as new data on men’s attitudes towards sun protection and sun damage have been released.
New figures² reveal that over half of men in NSW over the age of 50 are not aware of the high risk associated with skin cancer among their age group, and more than a quarter (26%) believe it’s already too late to take action to reduce their skin cancer risk.
Teens across NSW will hear a different sound this summer as the traditional Mr Whippy van is replaced by the musical Sun Sound van, which will tour coastal regions offering free Wi-Fi in a bid to engage teens about the risks of skin cancer.
As part of this skin cancer education roadshow, a new innovative app has been launched today which will see teens access free Wi-Fi from a range of NSW beaches when the Sun Sound Van rolls into their town.
Cancer Council research released today shows Australians are at the same risk of being sunburnt at sporting venues as they are at the beach.[i]
The findings, from Cancer Council’s most recent National Sun Protection Survey, shows sporting venues are clearly linked with sun damage with 22% of Australians at sports grounds and centres getting sunburnt, which is just as high as the percentage of Australians at the beach, local lake or river who got sunburnt (22%). Other places where risk of sunburn was high included at public parks and gardens (12% of park visitors sunburnt), backyard pools (11% sunburnt) and at home or a friend’s place (10% sunburnt).