Why give a shit indeed? Because every year, more men die of cancer than women.
Let’s get all factual about it.
Men are 84% more likely than women, to die of preventable cancers that are common to both sexes.
That’s around 6,900 more Australian men than women – and many of these deaths are avoidable.
Why are Australian women so much better off?
It’s simple. They talk to their friends about their health and their lifestyle choices, and they pop off to the doctor if they’re worried. They take better care protecting their skin from the sun, smoke less, drink less, eat better and exercise more.
You’d be hard pressed to find an Aussie bloke who talks freely about his health. But in this case, being the strong silent type isn’t charming and manly – it’s dangerous.
Acting on early symptoms can save your life.
Everyone likes you more when you’re alive and kicking. So Aussie Blokes now is the time to speak up about your health, and make sure your mates speak up about it too. It’s up to you to start the conversation.
How to prevent cancer? Fix the fixable.
There is no way to guarantee that you won’t get cancer, but there are steps you can take to reduce your overall risk.
- Quit smoking or, better still, never start.
- Maintain a healthy weight, but avoid diets. Strict diets usually result in weight regain because they are difficult to follow long term. It is far better to make moderate changes that will last you for a lifetime.
- Be physically active. Aim for at least 30 minutes, preferably more, on most days of the week. Mix it up – play a game of footy, go for a surf, walk the dog.
- Eat your fruit and veg (5 serves of veg and 2 serves of fruit daily). You only need to have a mid-morning and afternoon fruit snack, a big salad or vegetable soup for lunch and a decent portion of veggies with your dinner Easy!
- Eat a variety of wholegrain, wholemeal and high-fibre foods such as cereals, breads, rice and pasta. Aim for at least 2 serves a day.
- Go easy on the red meat. Swap it for chicken, seafood or even some legumes and stay clear of processed meats as these have been linked to increased risk of bowel cancer.
- Cover up when out in the sun – it’s not just sunscreen, cover up with long sleeves if possible, wear a hat and don’t forget your sunnies. Like skin, your eyes can be damaged, especially if you are exposed to glare from water, snow or sand.
- Have all the recommended screening tests. Get to know your body and what is normal for you, and see your doctor when you notice any changes.
- Cut back on the booze. When it comes to cancer, there’s no safe amount of alcohol, so men who choose to drink should have no more than 2 standard drinks a day – that doesn’t mean you should drink every day, give your body a break.
- Choose a diet low in fat and salt.