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From eating broccoli to avoiding hairspray, new findings on what causes or prevents cancer seem to be discovered every day. Cancer Council Victoria's Cancer Prevention team go behind the headlines to dispel the myths.

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How to avoid overindulging this Christmas season

Posted by Laura on 21-12-2010
Ah, Christmas! The time of plum pudding, mince pies, roast meat, cold ham, chocolate ... all washed down with a few glasses of wine. And that's just the day itself - to say nothing of Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Years and all the pre-Christmas work functions. It is terribly easy to overindulge at this time of year. After all, ‘tis the season to eat and be merry. But overeating and drinking one-too-many sherries can leave you feeling far from festive. But here's the good news, it is avoidable.

Fruit and veg: do they prevent cancer?

Posted by Laura on 16-12-2010
The amount of information out there about diet is overwhelming, and often contradictory. Is eating bacon and eggs for breakfast every day – à la the Atkins Diet – really a good idea? Can goji berries actually help me be more energetic and lose five kilos in two weeks? It's hard to tell the facts from fiction.

Going to the dark side

Posted by Em on 10-12-2010
We all have a little bit of the dark side in us, for me this week it was the dark side of cake, dark chocolatey cake (none of this flourless orange business or hidden vegetable ‘carrot' cake).

An aspirin a day

Posted by Shona on 08-12-2010
When Paul Weller sang about the bitterest pill (he ever had to swallow) he probably wasn't referring to taking aspirin. Though at his age, he might want to start thinking about it.

I-rish I knew then what I know now about UV

Posted by Cairín on 26-11-2010
This week is National Skin Cancer Action Week, which aims to raise awareness of skin cancer in Australia. 30 years on after the inception of Slip! Slop! Slap! in Victoria, the message is still not getting through to some people.

Let sleeping dogs lie

Posted by Shona on 25-11-2010
On QI the other night, one of the panellists, Alan Davies, asked "Could someone please clear up once and for all the link between the moon and tides?". It's one of those phenomena that most of us sort of know but can't easily explain, rather like what it is that determines what day Easter Sunday falls on. I sometimes feel this way about prostate cancer testing.

Love your bum

Posted on 19-11-2010
STOP PRESS: Since posting this blog, the Victorian Labor Party has made a pre-election promise to screen 57,000 Victorians for bowel cancer over the next three years. More details to follow soon...

You can't drink that with a straw - NYC's shock obesity ads

Posted by Bek on 17-11-2010
The nation that put cheese in a can and sushi into a deep fat fryer has recently taken some rather progressive steps in terms of obesity prevention. Just last week the San Francisco board of supervisors banned toys with Happy Meals that exceeded thresholds for fat, sugar and salt.

Banning the butts

Posted by Bek on 11-11-2010
This summer you won't be able to get your butt out at Point Addis. But just hang onto your bareback horses, no one's taking away your favourite nudist beach. This is not a ban on nudists, but a ban on smoking on the beach.  

Helen has an exercise revelation

Posted by Helen on 03-11-2010
So exercise. Probably up there with quitting smoking as the trickiest of the Magnificent Seven ways to cut your cancer risk.  I was compelled to put pen to blog to share some revelatory news about exercise that I found out last week which has cured my perpetual ‘plan to do exercise - fail to do exercise - experience self-loathing' problem.

Does knowing the facts about cancer make you hyper-aware or a hypochondriac?

Posted on 19-10-2010
Since starting work in a health promotion field I've self-diagnosed myself with all manner of diseases and conditions. When you spend most of your day writing, talking and thinking about lifestyle risk factors for cancers, it's little surprise that you tend to focus on these. 

Will the real breast screening please stand up?

Posted on 01-10-2010
There is a lot of money in breasts. You need only look at the number of adverts in women's magazines for breast enhancement or bespoke brassieres to know that boobs are big business. Dolly Parton reportedly has hers insured for $600,000 US.

Beyond marketing - will 50+ sunscreen make a difference?

Posted on 20-09-2010
It's creating quite a buzz all this talk of SPF 50+ sunscreen. Will 50 be the new 30? Surely the higher the number the better off you are right? Well it may be the case if we're talking about your bank account, but not necessarily when it comes to sunscreen.

Road wars: car vs. bike

Posted by Laura on 07-09-2010
The streets are a battle zone: particularly at commuter o'clock, when everyone is going to or leaving work. Traffic jams are becoming a frequent problem and getting from A to B takes longer than ever.

One for the ladies

Posted by Helen on 30-08-2010
Our new PapScreen campaign Peace of mind was launched with great fanfare and lots of mini-quiches last week - watch it here! You like the new PapScreen website too you say? Very kind! But seriously, we welcome any feedback about the advert and the website, positive or (gulp) negative.

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