How To Quit That Bad Habit (And Prevent Cancer)

January 2, 2013

Alcohol? Smoking? Junk food? Which bad habit would you quit? We’re getting behind Quit For Cancer to kick a bad habit and we want you to kick one too! Here’s 5 tips to help you quit a bad habit for good.

One in two people in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer by age of 85, however research shows up to 30% of cancers are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices.

Lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol, junk food and lack or exercise significantly increase cancer risk. Did you know that:

* Smoking causes 20-30% of all human cancers?

* 5% of all cancers are attributable to long-term, chronic use of alcohol each year in Australia?

* In Australia, being physically inactive is the second biggest risk factor for cancer behind tobacco smoking? Recent data suggests that a lack of physical activity accounts for 5.6% of the total cancer burden.

There is no way to guarantee that you won’t get cancer but there are steps you can take to reduce your overall risk.

1. Quit smoking or, better still, never start.

2. Be physically active. Aim for at least 30 minutes, preferably more, on most days of the week. Mix it up – hit the beach, play netball or walk the dog.

3. Eat your greens and blues, reds and yellows. To meet your recommended fruit and veg intake (five serves of veg and two 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!

4. Ditch white bread and eat a variety of wholegrain, wholemeal and high-fibre foods such as cereals, breads, rice and pasta. Aim for at least two serves a day.

5. Cut back on the booze.

What is Quit For Cancer?

Quit For Cancer is a Cancer Council NSW initiative encouraging every Australian to quit a bad habit of their choice in February – whether it’s alcohol, caffeine, junk food or lack of exercise, it’s up to you. When you register at Quit For Cancer, you can then fundraise for the cause – with all dollars going towards vital research, prevention campaigns and by providing information and support for patients, their families and friends. To find out how you can Quit For Cancer visit

Which bad habit do you want to quit?

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