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Check your risk of cancer with this new online slider

September 2019

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A new easy way to help check your cancer risk

Cancer Research UK says that four out of ten cancer cases could be prevented. When you realise this is almost one in two, it really does make one think.

The word cancer may not be as frightening as it was 20 years ago, but it is still one of the problems we most dread as we get older. Most cancers start due to gene changes that happen during our life time, and this is why cancer is more prevalent in older people. It peaks in the age groups of 85 to 89 years of age.

Of course the jury is still out on some aspects about the causes of cancer - many of us like to believe the theory some scientists have put forward that a little alcohol a week can provide health benefits. But generally most of us now know that being overweight, not taking any exercise, and eating really badly can all be aspects in causing cancer.

But it is never too late to alter one’s lifestyle a little to help reduce the threat of the disease.

Cancer Research UK has now launched an easy to use health slider to give you an insight into your risk of developing cancer. It is a very easy to use tool that gives a friendly but useful feedback on how your lifestyle is going related to cancer; and in some cases it also gives easy links to advice and help in related areas.

Cancer Research’s easy to use health slider is at:
https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/cancer-risk-health-quiz

What is especially interesting from this tool is that it shows you links on the Cancer Research UK website that you may not have known existed.

For instance, if you indicated that you really spend a lot of time sunbathing and get sunburned every so often, there is a clear link to the charity’s Sun, UV and Cancer page which includes a mass of information including aspects such as fake tans and the dangers of melatonin injections.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer

If your response on the survey indicates you drink rather a lot of alcohol against the norm, then there is a direct link through to the NHS pages which not only give advice but also alcohol support services in your area.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/

The site doesn’t take any personal details and is so easy to use you can slide through various options to find different results in the same category.

One of the site’s most useful areas is in body mass indication. This score wasn’t mentioned when we were young but today it is used as a key method to check whether your weight is healthy. The BMI figure comes from dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared. For most adults, an ideal BMI score lies between 18.5 and 24.9 and this Cancer Research UK slider will link you quickly through to the NHS’s instant calculator so you can easily find out exactly what your score is:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/

Cancer Research UK’s website already offers a mass of information plus ways to get involved and help


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