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31 Oct 2011

Ounce of prevention update

This month, town and country have been painted pink in the name of breast cancer awareness. We've been running our own I heart pink campaign and encouraging people to dig deep. But what does being 'breast aware' mean for you?

Michelle, a passionate advocate for children's health and Parents Jury member, shares her inspirational story about losing over half her body weight.

We also ask why only 73% of 12-13 year old girls are completing their HPV vaccine course, when it's free and prevents most types of cervical cancer? And finally, we go behind the news that married folk live longer than singletons.

Success story: Michelle loses half her body weight

Michelle Winchester is passionate about promoting healthy eating, being active and leading a healthy lifestyle. She has undergone a radical transformation over the last five years.

Michelle – who now weighs a petite 56kg – lost her current body weight and more, thanks to a radical decision to turn her life around.

Read more to discover how.

Behind the news: Married men less likely to die of cancer

Two wedding rings Can a walk down the aisle and saying 'I do' really reduce our cancer risk? Norwegian researchers have found that bachelors are twice as likely to die of cancer compared to married men.

But is partnering up and signing a piece of paper really going to give you better odds of cancer survival?

Read on to find out the facts.

Take action: HPV - why the cervical cancer vaccine is a winner

Group of four girls12-13 year old Aussie girls can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free at school - so why are less than three quarters getting immunised?

Cancer Council is working with the Department of Health to promote the uptake of the vaccine in young girls. Three quick injections and your daughters are protected from four types of the virus that cause around 70 per cent of cervical cancers and 90 per cent of genital warts.

Read on to find out why the vaccine is so important and what you can do to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.

How to: Be breast aware

Woman's backOctober is breast cancer awareness month, so now is the time to really give your breasts their due attention. Get to know the look and feel of your breasts so you'll be aware if there are any abnormal changes. Early detection is very important in preventing the development of breast cancer.

Here's the low-down on how to be breast aware, and what to do if you find a lump.

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