Whilst more research is needed, current research does suggest that maintaining or adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce the chance of your cancer coming back or a new cancer developing. A healthy lifestyle includes things such as eating a healthy diet, being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, improving your psychological wellbeing, protecting yourself from the sun, stopping smoking or cutting down on alcohol.
Some people who have had a cancer diagnosis may also experience an increased risk of other chronic health problems. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can also help prevent chronic health problems, such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
This webinar looks at prevention after your cancer treatment and will provide a range of practical strategies you can adopt to help to prevent your cancer coming back. Including regular health checks, adopting a healthy lifestyle, protecting yourself from the sun and more.
Professor Janette Vardy
Professor Janette Vardy is a medical oncologist working as a clinician researcher at the Concord Cancer Centre, University of Sydney. After completing a Clinical Research Fellowship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr Ian Tannock, she returned to Australia in 2007 and together with Dr Haryana Dhillon established the Survivorship Research Group (SuRG) at the University of Sydney. Her main areas of research are Psycho-Oncology, Quality of life and Survivorship, with a particular interest in cognitive function and physical activity in cancer survivors. In 2013 she established the Sydney Survivorship Centre at Concord Cancer Centre.
As Director Cancer Prevention and Advocacy, Anita is responsible for leading strategy and program efforts in the two Cancer Council NSW strategic priority areas of Prevention and Advocacy. The Division’s focus is on reducing the burden of cancer and reducing cancer risk across NSW communities, through targeted programs, policy, advocacy and retail stores. Anita holds a Master of Arts in Communication Management from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Public Health from The University of Sydney. She has more than 15 years’ experience within the NSW public health sector, with 12 years in cancer prevention specifically. Anita has held a number of senior management positions in public health having previously worked in organisations such as the Cancer Institute NSW, the NSW Ministry of Health as well as private consulting.
Martyn is a Golf Course Consultant for Golf NSW, and after 45 years in the golf course maintenance industry attributes his experience with melanoma to the early part of his career. As an apprentice there was little known about the dangers of exposure to the sun and certainly no requirements on behalf of the employer to provide protection from the sun. As Martyn says “a pair of shorts and a pair of thongs are no match for the harsh Australian sun”. Since his surgery at the age of 50 Martyn has helped educate the golfing community both players and workers on the importance of being Sunsmart when outdoors.