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Reducing Cancer Risk - Know Your Limit

By Trina Mansour

Posted on Thursday April 8, 2021


Every spring the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Daffodil Campaign rallies Canadians to support and remember those affected by cancer. With nearly one in two Canadians diagnosed in their lifetime, almost all of us are impacted in some way. Research is an important part of addressing rising cancer rates, yet the impact of prevention cannot be overlooked.

About four in 10 cancer cases can be prevented through healthy living and policies that protect the health of Canadians. The great news is you can reduce your risk of cancer right now. You can start making positive lifestyle changes to feel better now and enjoy good health for longer.

There are many small, yet important, steps to lessen your risk of developing cancer.
• Live smoke-free
• Be sun safe
• Have a healthy body weight
• Eat well
• Move more, sit less
• Limit alcohol.

Canadians are often unaware that limiting alcohol can reduce the risk of developing a variety of cancers, including mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, breast, stomach, liver and colorectal cancer.

Drinking any type or amount of alcohol increases your risk of developing cancer. The less alcohol you drink, the more you reduce your risk.

To reduce your cancer risk if you choose to drink, consume less than 1 drink a day for women and less than 2 drinks a day for men. Also choose some non-drinking days each week. A standard drink is defined as a 341mL beer, cider or cooler, a 5 oz glass of wine, or 1.5 oz of spirits.

The Canadian Cancer Society provides a variety of online resources at www.cancer.ca to help you with your healthy living choices. Check out their “10 Smart Ways to Limit Alcohol” tips under the Prevention and Screening section.

Connect with your local Garrison Petawawa PSP Health Promotion team for additional resources and programs. Call 613-687-5511, local 4685. Email healthpromotionpetawawa@cfmws.com. Join us on our Facebook page, PetawawaHealthPromotion. Visit www.cafconnection.ca/Petawawa for course information and to register. Courses are FREE and currently open to CAF Members and Defence Team partners.