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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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Posted by Shona on 25-11-2010
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.