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10 May 2012

Ounce of prevention update

Welcome to May, the start of vitamin D season for the SunSmart team who provide us with the some tips for keeping on top of our vitamin D over winter. We take a look at where the plain packaging of cigarettes issue is at and Bec shares her quitting smoking story. Our Cancer Information and Support Service is looking for recruits for the Family Connect program, and we are celebrating the expansion of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Success story: Quitting smoking isn't always as hard as you may think

Bec Elliott was just 15 when she started smoking at parties. Her reliance on cigarettes grew over the years and it was by the time she was about 24 that Bec was smoking regularly.

It wasn't until her Mum, a heavy smoker, had a health scare that Bec decided to quit.

Five months down the track, Bec shares her success story.

Advocacy: Plain packaging - a colourful fight in the High Court

Plain packaging cigarettes

What's one thing guaranteed to get the big tobacco companies to blow their smoky stacks and run coughing and wheezing to their lawyers? Introducing the Plain Packaging Act 2011 (Clth).

It's exactly what the Australian Government did late last year, and now, not surprisingly, Big Tobacco have taken the Government to the High Court of Australia.

Find out more.

How to: Keep on top of vitamin D this winter

Two women

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the best natural source of vitamin D. However, UV radiation is also the major cause of skin cancer, which is why it is important to take a balanced approach to UV exposure at different times of the year.

So as the temperature starts to plummet in Victoria (and so does the UV level) the SunSmart team have provided this month's timely topic and tips on how to keep vitamin D levels topped up this winter.

Read on for more.

We did it! The Federal government will expand bowel cancer screening


It's the news we've been campaigning for. The Federal Government has announced it is expanding the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

On Saturday 5 May, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and Treasurer Wayne Swan made this life-saving announcement. It's something Cancer Council has been campaigning for through our Get Behind Bowel Screening campaign. It's why we asked Cut Your Cancer Risk readers to send a letter to their local Federal MP.

See the website for more.

Have you supported someone who has survived cancer?

Father and sons

If so, Family Connect needs your help. Family Connect is a free and confidential phone support program that links those affected by cancer to someone who has been through a similar cancer experience.

If you have helped care for a family member or friend with cancer, you can help others simply by sharing your story. Free ongoing training and support is provided.

"Being involved with Family Connect, and sharing my experience to help others through a difficult time, is really rewarding. I wish someone had been there for me like that." Julie Fisher, Family Connect volunteer.

Training will be held on June 1 and 2 at Cancer Council Victoria, Carlton. Please register your interest today. (Travel and accommodation expenses are covered for rural volunteers.)

If you are a partner, family member or close friend of someone affected by cancer (who is at least two years post treatment) please call Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.

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