How to prevent cancer importance of cancer screening

Australians are living longer than ever before. To ensure we get the most out of life, it is important to look after ourselves so we remain healthy and happy for as long as possible.

There are positive steps that we can take to maximise our chances of living an illness free life.

For a long time health systems around the world have focused on treating sick people, but as we all know, prevention is much better than cure.
With the right information, every one of us can take steps to reduce our chances of developing chronic illnesses such as cancer.

By making just a few small but important lifestyle changes, we can ensure better health and wellbeing for our future – and more time to enjoy the important things such as spending time with our friends and family.

Other resources and information

Cancer Institute
NSW Cancer Council

We know a lot about what causes cancer, and what people can do to avoid it. Living a cancer smart lifestyle may mean making some changes – and changing the habits of a lifetime isn’t easy. But even small changes can help cut your chances of developing cancer or help you spot cancer early, when it’s easier to treat.

Visit the cancer prevention pages on the Cancer Council website for further details and fact sheets on prevention strategies including:

  • Being SunSmart
  • Checkups and screening
  • Healthy eating and physical activity
  • Smoking and Tobacco issues
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