Deaths from cancer could be halved if we all made some simple cancer smart lifestyle choices. And because Australians spend much of their waking lives at work it is vital that our workplaces are cancer smart too. While there is no way you can guarantee that you won’t get cancer, there are steps you can take to lower your overall risk:
- Quit smoking or, better still, never start. Avoid breathing in other people’s smoke.
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Be physically active for at least 30 minutes each day. Activity can be done in 10-minute sessions throughout the day.
- Enjoy a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit. Aim for 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit a day.
- Eat a variety of wholegrain, wholemeal and high-fibre foods such as cereals, breads, rice and pasta. Aim for at least 4 serves a day, with half being wholegrain.
- Limit drinking alcohol. If you choose to drink, the recommendations are no more than 2 standard drinks a day for men and women. Everyone should aim for a couple of alcohol free days a week.
- Choose a diet low in fat and salt.
- Protect yourself from the sun.
- Get to know your body and what is normal for you. Act when you notice any changes.
- Have any recommended screening tests.
Cancer Smart Policies You can provide a cancer smart environment for your staff by adopting policies and guidelines to help reduce their cancer risk:
- Developing and Implementing Cancer Smart Workplace Policies and Guidelines
- Healthy Catering Guidelines
- Going smoke-free – Recommendations for the workplace
- Workplace Sun Protection Sample Policy
Cancer Council also offers a wide range of high quality, affordable sunscreens, sunglasses, hats and other sun protection equipment to assist you in protecting your workforce from the ravages of the Australian sun. Work-related sun protection products are tax-deductible. To order your sun protection products click here.