Changes that help reduce your cancer risk | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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Most patients cancer surgeon Dr Richard Babor treats ask him the same question, what could I have done to prevent this? 

In this four part series he investigates what we can do each day to effectively lower our risk of getting cancer.

In Episode 2 he delves into how modern lifestyles influence the risk of cancer. What impacts do our sleep patterns and level of stress have? He examines our relationship with some of our popular vices, and the benefit of regular exercise. 

40% of cancer can be prevented through lifestyle changes.

What remedy can lower the risk of cancer, help you sleep, reduce stress and even target your waistline?

Exercise! It is a proven pillar in the prevention of cancer, but with today’s lifestyle are we getting enough, and is it the right kind? Dr Babor talks to Grant Schofield, Professor of Public Health at AUT Millennium, on why the way you exercise is important. 

How does stress influence not only our daily life, but our long term health? Can our natural sleep patterns make a difference? Is even the time of day we sleep a factor?

In terms of vices, Dr Babor investigates which ones are higher risk. Is vaping better for you than smoking? What are the health benefits of the sacred bean, and how many coffees can you have a day? What real danger lies in a pint?  

“Knowing what the risks are means that we can make more informed choices,” states Dr Babor. “Time is our friend when it comes to lifestyle choices.”

As always, it’s all about balance.

“You have to take risks to live, but also to live you have to minimise your risk, it’s a tricky one.”

Watch Episode 2 on SBS On Demand.

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