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Balanced Lifestyle

Think Before You Eat & Drink

It’s important to do a little thinking before eating and drinking. Research strongly indicates that making smart choices in terms of what is taken in, and exercising regularly can have a positive effect not only a person’s well-being, but also reduces individual cancer risk.

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Dietary and physical activity factors have been shown to affect our biological processes and cancers associated with diet are commonly found in the digestive tract (oesophagus, stomach, and bowel).

A poor diet has been linked to increased cancer risk, and furthermore may lead to problems with weight management or obesity, which has been positively linked to an increased risk of 11 cancers.

The National Cancer Registry (2014) shows a steady increase in the number of patients diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer which brings this cancer to among the top 4 cancers diagnosed in South Africa excluding skin cancers.

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CANSA encourages the public to lower their sugar intake. High sugar consumption elevates insulin levels, it increases kilojoule intake without any nutrient value, and indirectly increases cancer risk by promoting obesity. It is also important to take note of food labels and be a smart shopper.

Many people in South Africa are overweight, including children and teens. In fact, South Africa has the highest occurrence of obesity in sub-Saharan Africa, with 42% women and 13% men carrying this label, while 7% of boys and 9.6% girls present as obese. ¹

¹ Ng M, Fleming T, Robinson M, Thomson B, Graetz N, Margono C, Mullany EC, Biryukov S, Abbafati C, Abera SF, Abraham JP. Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. 2014 Sep 5;384(9945):766-81

Balance Your Lifestyle Today for a Lower Cancer Risk Tomorrow

A balanced lifestyle will reduce your cancer risk and includes making smart food choices; doing regular exercise; maintaining a healthy weight; avoiding tobacco, alcohol and other known cancer-causing agents (carcinogens).

Knowing your family’s medical history, going for regular health checks and cancer screening is also strongly advised.

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  • Eat and Drink Smart
  • Be Active and Monitor Weight
  • Avoid Carcinogens
  • Detect Cancer Early
Adopt a Balanced Lifestyle

Live Smart – Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Has Cancer Touched Your Life?

Cancer affects one in four South Africans, through diagnosis of family, friends, colleagues or self.

We want you to know that you are not alone and that we would like to support you and your loved ones, regardless of how cancer has touched your life.

Find info & online resources to help you fight cancer and please read more about CANSA’s Holistic Care & Support which is offered at our CANSA Care Centres countrywide.