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20 December 2012

Ounce of prevention update

Welcome to the last newsletter for 2012. In this issue we are celebrating the recent announcement of a solarium ban in Victoria and Damien reveals how he shook off 20-odd kilograms. Amy shares some tips to help get five serves of vegetables in your diet each day and we provide the lowdown on window tinting in cars to reduce UV exposure.

Success story: Taking a hike – it can help cut your cancer risk

It was the end of financial year in 2010 which saw Melbourne-based Finance Manager, Damien Bayliss, look at more than just his tax return.

When he jumped on the scales one morning he realised his weight had ballooned from around 90 kilograms to 119 kilograms over a few years. He knew then it was time to make some changes.

Damien shares his story with us.

Behind the news: Window tinting and sun protection

Dog leaning out car window

While many people consider the safety features of a car, one of those features many of us don't consider is protection for our skin against UV rays.

At Cancer Council we get asked a lot about whether or not people should get their windows tinted to protect from high levels of UV radiation, which can cause skin cancer.

We provide the lowdown on what to look for.

Advocacy: Solariums – switched off

Switch off solariums

On 13 December 2012, the Premier of Victoria announced a solarium ban to come in to effect in 2014.

We have worked hard over the last year to lobby the government for a ban on solariums, in Victoria and nationally. Following the announcement in February of a ban by the end of 2014 in NSW, we stepped up our advocacy efforts in the second half of 2012.

Read more about our successful advocacy efforts

How to: Get five veg a day

Mixed vegetables Suat Eman:

You all know the drill, five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit per day according to official guidelines.

You're probably also aware that for most people, this appears to be a rather fruitless (ahem) mission, with just 9 per cent of us managing this daily intake.

Amy provides some tips to help us reach our five-a-day target.

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