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Thursday 15 July, 2010

Cancer Council Victoria has long been an avid blog reader. We don't have a blog roll up here at the moment, but a couple of our favourites in the health arena are: Croakey and the Cancer Research UK.

We won't make any rash claims about being as good as these guys, but we thought it was time we took some tentative first steps into blogging. So we set up the Magnificent 7 blog, to accompany the launch of our new prevention website cutyourcancerrisk.org.au.

Why the Magnificent 7? Because there are seven main ways you can reduce your risk of cancer. Visit the how to section of the Cut your cancer risk website to see what they are, and take the quiz to find out the steps you can take to reduce your own cancer risk.

Hockeyroo Emily Hurtz is our Cut your cancer risk ambassador, and filmed this message of encouragement for everyone to take steps to reduce their cancer risk.

But the Magnificent 7 isn't really about blogging about different ways to get your five fruit and veg a day or how exactly a bowel cancer screening test works (spoiler alert - these are both part of the seven ways you can cut your cancer risk).

Instead, the Magnificent 7 will kindly cut through the chaff that is ‘cancer news' in the old school media - but more likely on the world wide web - on your behalf.

One week red wine causes cancer, the next it prevents it. Broccoli and green tea are good, mobile phones might be bad. There's a lot of it about.

Our favourite was this news report a few weeks ago that claimed turning the light on on your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night could increase your cancer risk. Is it true? Stay tuned to find out - we'll be blogging here every week. You can also check out some of the most common myths and misconceptions and the latest evidence that debunks them.

Please do leave comments should you be so minded ... our lovely moderators adhere to these guidelines  so play nice!

And if there are any cancer prevention-related topics you'd like to see us blog about let us know!


Jen - without knowing (or needing) to know the specifics of said lurid past (!) we'd say you are correct in thinking that for you, the HPV vaccine might not be something to invest in. We know the vaccine is most effective when given to girls around the age of 12 - that is, before sexual activity commences. Also, the body produces a more effective antibody response to the vaccine in the early teens. That said, some women in their 30s might not have been exposed to the virus (ie via sexual activity) and in this case it'd be worth talking to their doctor about whether they might benefit from the vaccine. The vaccine costs $450 for three doses, administered over a 6 month period. It's available from GPs or free to girls in Year 7 through the schools-based National Immunisation Program.

From: The Cut Your Cancer Risk team, 15/04/2013

I've always said that prevention is not just a word, it's a way of life. What a fantastic website!

From: P.R. Vention, 15/04/2013

This blog is amazing! I love it! I love the whole site! A very skilled writer must have been responsible for these words.

From: Trying hard to cut my cancer risk, 15/04/2013

Hello Mag7, I took your quiz, and one of the (oh so few due to my super healthy lifestyle. ahem) suggestions was to consider getting vaccinated against HPV. I was wondering, at age 36, after many years of lurid past, surely I must have been exposed to the virus already, so wouldn't being vaccinated just be a waste of money?

From: Jen, 15/04/2013

Well this has given me the kick up the backside that I needed. I took the quiz and got mostly green lights, except fot the booze. Think that is pretty good for an old man like me. Think it may even stop me having one too many of the amber ale. Great site, glad I was recommended to check it out.

From: Bruce, 15/04/2013

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