ONE in three cancers are preventable, says Cancer Council Midland regional education officer Mikala Atkinson, but often myths about preventative food and lifestyle choices can be misleading.
The Cancer Council aims to debunk some of those myths as part of its 60th anniversary Myths Roadshow, coming to Old Midland Courthouse on April 5.
Mrs Atkinson said about one in six visits to the Cancer Council WA website was to its cancer myths page.
“These myths are often a result of obscure studies, misinterpretation of research and commercial interference,” she said.
“The ease in which people can post things on the internet and across social media makes it very easy for these myths to spread.
“We’d like to see people focus on the things that will make a difference, that will reduce people’s cancer risk and not focus on the things that really just cause anxiety and concern unnecessarily.”
The most visited cancer myth pages were about sweeteners, toothpaste, chlorine, sunscreen, coffee and tea.
“In Australia approximately 37,000, or one third of cancer cases each year are preventable,” Mrs Atkinson said.
“Evidence shows that smoking cigarettes, exposure to ultraviolet rays, excessive alcohol consumption, being overweight, lack of physical activity, eating too much red and processed meat and not eating enough fruit and vegetables, are lifestyle choices associated with increased cancer risk.
“Our roadshow event is an opportunity to come down and have your questions answered by our experts.”
Cancer Council WA chief executive Ashley Reid said generosity and community support attributed to the organisation’s success.
“In 2017 alone, 876 sessions of support were provided to people affected by cancer and their families in Midland and surrounding regions,” he said.
“The session is the perfect opportunity for Midland and Perth Hills residents to have their questions answered and learn more about the work that we do.”
Register to attend the April 5 event at Old Midland Courthouse at www.eventbrite.com.au or call 1300 656 585.
By Claire Ottaviano