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7 Oct 2011

Ounce of prevention update

In September's slightly tardy edition, Jan shares her story of finding out she had bowel cancer following a simple at-home test, and Cancer Council Victoria commits to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal Australians.

Ever wondered how to find out which cereal is healthiest? Don't fear, there is now an app for that! And last, but by no means least, we've got lots of tips on quitting smoking. Please share them with anyone you know who is looking to give up, it's a fantastic way to cut your cancer risk.

Success story: Jan campaigns for bowel cancer screening

Most people aren't aware that bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer of men and women in Australia. This is why building awareness of screening for bowel cancer is so important. What's especially tragic about so many people dying from bowel cancer is that in 90% of cases, it can be cured if found in the early stages. Bowel cancer survivor Jan Farrelly shares her story and explains how a simple at-home screening test - and staying active - can help save lives.

Read on to find out how a simple test helped Jan catch cancer early on.

Behind the news: Aboriginal people urged to screen for bowel cancer

Aboriginal bowel cancer poster Aboriginal Australians are 45% more likely to die from their cancer diagnosis compared to the rest of the Australian population. This is why Cancer Council Victoria has formalised its commitment to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.

Bowel cancer accounts for 17.5% of all Aboriginal cancer cases. Jill Gallagher, a Gunditjmara woman, bowel cancer survivor, and CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation lends her voice to the cause.

Read on to find out what we're doing about improving Aboriginal health outcomes.

Take action: Traffic light labels are go!

Traffic Light Foodtracker appEver been caught out by claims like 'fat-free' or 'high in protein' only to discover you've been duped into buying something laden with sugar?

The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is advocating for traffic light labelling – so pre-packed goods will have easy-to-understand nutritional information on the front of the pack.

To demonstrate how easy and simple traffic light labelling is the OPC has created the free Traffic Light Food Tracker app for smart phones and tablets.

Read more to find out why and how you can make a difference.

How to: Quit smoking

Nicotine patch on armIf only quitting was as easy as reading a 'how to' article, putting down your pack and suddenly you'd be a non-smoker.

It's not quite that simple but here are some tips to help people that want to quit.

Support Pink Ribbon Day to help us beat breast cancer

It falls on Monday 25 October. With your support we know we can reach our target of raising $1m in Victoria. You can help by setting up a stall and selling merchandise, everything from pins to heart-shaped cookie cutters. Help us raise awareness and spread the message of hope. Please order your box or donate by visiting the Get Involved section at

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