Reduce Your Risk
Research shows that almost half of all cancers can be avoided by introducing fundamental changes to our lifestyles.
CancerCare Manitoba Foundation wants to help you reduce YOUR risk with these 5 basic steps:
1. Be Tobacco Free! Don't use tobacco products of any kind and avoid second-hand smoke.
If you are a smoker, quit now and reduce your lung cancer risk by up to 90%! If you don't smoke, avoid second-hand smoke at all costs! Cigarettes contain 57 known carcinogens, and the smoke from a burning cigarette contains 70% more of these substances than inhaled smoke.
Manitoba researchers discovered that smoking bans may play a part in assisting youth maintain the resolve to be a non-smoker. To declare your space smoke-free, place an easily removable The Butt Stops Here window cling in your home or vehicle. For youth who do not currently smoke, the odds of considering the habit increase by having a sibling who smokes, the absence of a total household smoking ban, and riding in a vehicle with a smoker.
(See the side panel to order your free Be Tobacco Free! brochure, colouring page and fridge magnets, as well as The Butt Stops Here window clings and postcards.)
2. Cover Up! The number of skin cancer cases in Manitoba has increased by two-thirds since 1990. The good news is 90% of skin cancer can be cured if caught early!
So, SLIP on clothing, SLAP on a hat and sunglasses and SLOP on sunscreen!
(See the side panel to download and/or order your free Cover Up! brochure, colouring page and fridge magnets.)
3. Shape Up! Just 10 minutes 3 times a day can help protect against colon and breast cancer.
You don't have to run a marathon or buy a gym membership!
(See the side panel to download and/or order your free Shape Up! brochure, colouring page and fridge magnets.)
4. Eat Well! It's as easy as following Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating!
5. Check Up! The earlier cancer is found, the more successful treatment is likely to be.
So, follow cancer screening guidelines and report any health changes to your doctor or dentist.
(See the side panel to download and/or order your free Bear Facts brochure.)