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26 May 2011

Ounce of prevention update

We’ve had a busy month here at the Cancer Prevention Centre; kicking off a new alcohol and cancer awareness campaign, launching a landmark blueprint to tackle one of the key drivers of childhood obesity, and encouraging everyone to get some sun to help with vitamin D.

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Success story: Kate maintains a healthy weight

Being able to walk into a clothing store, pluck an item off a rack and confidently head to the fitting rooms is a feeling Kate, a civil engineer in her 30s, cherishes since losing 12 kilos and keeping them off over the past year.

Kate shares her story with us.

Behind the news: One in five breast cancers linked to alcohol

Image: John Kasawa / - Glass of red wineIt wasn’t one of our more popular announcements, especially for a Sunday morning, but on 1 May, we released new figures that found the number of cancers caused by alcohol in Australia is higher than previously thought, with more than 5,000 new cases each year linked to long-term drinking.

The analysis estimated that 22% of the nation's breast cancer cases were linked to alcohol consumption. It also factored in new evidence linking alcohol to bowel cancer in men.

Find out more about the connection between alcohol and cancer and what we’re doing to raise awareness of it.

Take action: Protecting children from junk food advertising

Image: Idea go / - HamburgerAround a quarter of Australian children are either overweight or obese, which puts them at greater of becoming obese adults and suffering a range of chronic health conditions including increased risk of cancer.

While there’s no magic solution to childhood obesity, evidence shows there are powerful 'push' factors in the environment that are increasing energy intake, which in turn impact on obesity levels. One of these is junk food advertising.

Find out more about how we’re tackling this issue.

How to: Know if you are getting enough vitamin D

Boy with leavesThe seasons have well and truly changed! Summer days feel long gone but instead of hibernating from the cold this winter, SunSmart is encouraging Victorians to get some sun exposure to help with vitamin D levels.

In Victoria, average UV levels are below three between May and August, making it a great time to roll up your sleeves and get some sun to help with your vitamin D levels.

Find out how to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D.

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