Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, is urging all residents of the region to involve themselves in cancer awareness programs and cancer support activities.
“This Thursday is Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea which aims to raise money to support cancer research and raise awareness of cancer and how it affects so many of our residents,” Mr Walsh said.
“Cancer can affect anyone of any age group, men or women, but in many cases it can be prevented or cured if identified early enough.
“Whilst bowel, breast and prostate cancers are the most common affecting people throughout our region, we are not immune to others such as melanoma, lymphoma and lung cancer to name a few.
“Activities such as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Daffodil Day in August help to raise funds and develop awareness and I encourage everyone to take time out to support these events.
“However, it is just as important to monitor your own health by having regular health checks and attending facilities such as the Mobile Breast Screening Unit which is visiting our region over the next few weeks starting in Kerang on June 7,” Mr Walsh said.
“Lifestyle is also a major factor in cancer prevention.
“Eating healthily, exercising regularly, being SunSmart, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake all help to reduce our cancer risk.
“Over the next few weeks, take time out to assess your lifestyle and make changes where appropriate, consult a health specialist if you are concerned or have any questions regarding your own health, and support a cancer fundraising or awareness program.
“We are all responsible for our own health but positive actions can also have a major impact on the lives of others,” Mr Walsh said.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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