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Welcome to another edition of Cut Your Cancer Risk. This issue is jam-packed with diet info, answering your questions like: How can you give your workplace morning tea a healthy makeover? How to spot a fad diet and a survey to understand Australians' support for a tax on sugary drinks to curb childhood obesity.

And finally, an incredibly moving cautionary tale of a man who is speaking out on tobacco's dangers, after cancer cost him the ability to speak.

We hope you enjoy this issue.
The Cut Your Cancer Risk Team

FOBT kitCheck for bowel cancer from the comfort of your own throne
Your risk of bowel cancer - the second biggest cancer killer of men and women in Australia - increases with age but screening for the disease is actually clean, simple and can be done in the privacy of your own home.

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Cutlery with a tape measure wrapped around itAre you choosing a diet for disaster?
We've all heard the promises that many diets tend to make, but in reality most popular diets are destined to fail. Despite this, new research has found that many of us are getting sucked in by fad diet claims.

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Throat cancerCancer cost me the ability to speak, now I'm speaking out on tobacco's dangers
Neil shares his story to lend his support for Quit Victoria's new 16 Cancers campaign, which highlights smoking's link to a range of cancers including liver, bowel, kidney, cervical and ovarian.

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Sugary drinks with sugar cubes in frontAussies give green light on tax for sugar-filled drinks to curb obesity epidemic
A new survey of Australian adults has revealed strong support for a tax on sugary drinks to help reduce childhood obesity.

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Healthy tip
Give your workplace morning tea a healthy makeover
Office morning teas are a great way to boost team morale, celebrate achievements and get to know your colleagues. For many people who are striving to eat a healthier diet, the shared morning tea also presents the dilemma of how to be social and participate without overindulging. Whether it's catered or 'bring and share' it's easy to include some healthier options so everyone can join in.
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Will my mobile phone give me cancer?
This question may have been floating around your workplace after Carrie Bickmore firmly put beanies and brain cancer on the radar of Australians this May.
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Ever been windburnt? 
Has a cold day outside in windy weather left you with red, stinging skin? You might have thought this 'burn' was from that icy wind, but it's actually from ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, which can burn your skin on a windy, cloudy or cool day. This is also known as 'sunburn'. When it comes to protecting your skin from sunburn, you need to think UV, not heat.
The daily sun protection times will tell you the times each day when UV levels are intense enough to damage your skin. Find the sun protection times on the free SunSmart app, online at or or in the weather section of major newspapers.

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