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23 October 2012

Ounce of prevention update

With only two months until Christmas, the party season is fast approaching – is now a good time to kick the habit? Juan's successful quit smoking story may provide some inspiration. We take a look at action that can be taken to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol, Bek checks out if your finger length ratio can really identify your risk of breast cancer, and Amy provides the low down on how to decide if prostate testing is for you.

Success story: Juan challenged herself to give up and now she's a non-smoker

More than 10,000 Australians are diagnosed with a smoking-related cancer every year and lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer. Juan decided to stop smoking in January this year and she hasn't looked back.

Juan shares her successful quitting journey with us.

Behind the news: Finger length ratios and breast cancer risk

Two hands

When Bek discovered that a Cancer Council researcher was studing the link between finger length ratios and breast cancer risk, she scanned her hands and emailed the scan to him ... then waited.

Find out what she discovered about the study and her breast cancer risk.

And in keeping with International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you might be interested to know that more women are surviving breast cancer in Victoria.

Advocacy: Action on alcohol

Water being poured in glass

Research is continuing to show that alcohol causes cancer – breast cancer (in women), cancers of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, oesophagus, liver and bowel in men and women.

That's why the Alcohol Policy Coalition is lobbying all levels of government in Australia for policies and legislation that lower the risks Australians face when they drink.

Find out more about what they are lobbying for.

How to: Decide if a PSA test is right for you


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia and the third most common cause of cancer death, but finding prostate cancer is not as straight forward as you might think. Deciding whether or not to use one of the current tests available comes down to an individual decision about what's right for you.

Read on to find out more.

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