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Survey says dads need to eat more fruit and vegies

Friday 31 August, 2012 by Melissa

So Father's Day is here, and as no doubt the infomercials will be telling us, it's time to think about what the best gift you can give your dad will be.

While some sort of celebrity gym equipment may be the way to go for some dads, we think loving kids out there should think about buying their dad a big box full of healthy fruit and vegetables and find creative ways to get them to eat them.

That's because our Cut Your Cancer Risk quiz has revealed blokes are not eating enough healthy foods.

In fact 16% of men who answered the quiz said they never ate fruit and 5% never ate vegetables.

The Cut Your Cancer Risk quiz, which has been online since 2010, asks health conscious, interwebs users a host of questions about their lifestyles and calculates their cancer risk from the answers.
The quiz results also revealed:

Between July 2010 and June 2012, 7371 men and women answered the CYCR quiz - 36% of respondents were men and all were aged between 18 and over.
• 9% of men said they smoked
• 10% said they drank alcohol every day (27% drank 2-4 times per week)
• 16% of men who answered the quiz said they never exercise
• Almost half of respondents (46.5%) said they had not screened for bowel cancer in the past two years.

Given that all these habits have been shown to increase your risk of cancer, we hope the quiz will give these men and others, some food for thought.

Actually we hope it's given them a chance to change their diets and add more fruit and veg to them!

We also hope that dads (and men in general) think about their need to screen for relevant cancers - particularly bowel and skin cancers.

It is recommended men (and women) screen for bowel cancer every two years with a test called a faecal occult blood test (FOBT) to find bowel cancer in the early stages when it most likely to be cured.

Screening for bowel cancer and getting your skin checked for any spots that you may have noticed after summer, are an important way men can cut their cancer risk.

As regular readers of this blog would know, 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in Australia are related to an unhealthy lifestyle and are preventable.

Eating healthily and maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the intake of alcohol (and having at least one alcohol free day per week), regular exercise, quitting smoking and getting regular check-ups are just some of the ways men out there can cut their risk of cancer.

We know that it can be tough to get motivated to change habits of a lifetime, but making a decision to improve your diet and exercise more are small ways to decrease your risk of cancer, and other chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes.

So c'mon dads (and men) - choose Father's Day to turn over a new leaf, preferably a lettuce one, and start digging in to some fresh food - it could mean you'll enjoy many more Father's Days to come.






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