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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Are there certain things I can do to keep me from getting cancer in later life?

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  • Dr Sujoy Mitra

    Medical Oncologist (Cancer Specialist)

    Medical oncologist and clinical haematologist treating all malignancies apart from acute leukaemias. View Profile

    Living a healthy life avoiding excessive harmful products such as alcohol and smoking. These two substances have very strong links to later health issues and complications.

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    Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Thank you for your question re: preventing (bowel) cancer.

    While no cancer is completely preventable, you can lower your risk of bowel cancer by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, limiting your alcohol consumption, not smoking cigarettes, being aware of your family's medical history and screening at the appropriate ages for specific cancers with the guidance of your GP.

    To be a little more specific regarding bowel cancer, Bowel Cancer Australia recommend the following guidelines as displayed in the link below, to help reduce your bowel cancer risk:

    http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=143&Itemid=292

    I hope this helps in answering your questions and gives you a good framework to work with.

    Kind Regards,
    Tammy
    Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser
    www.bowelcanceraustralia.org


    Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.

    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.

    Bowel Cancer Australia, its directors, officers or medical professionals shall not be liable to any person, company or any other body for any loss, direct or indirect or consequential on whatsoever account for any omission or negligent misstatement.Undo

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Eight out of every nine cancers diagnosed in Australia is a skin cancer. In 2010 there were 11,000 melanomas and 770,000 non melanoma skin cancers treated.  The most important thing you can do is have a skin check by an expert in skin cancer diagnosis and for your children the most important thing you can do is protect them from sunburn.

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