Give yourself, and your family, a chance to beat cancer in 2015.

13 11 20.

Give yourself five minutes, sit down with a cuppa, punch those numbers in your phone and give yourself a better chance of beating cancer in 2015. 13 11 20 is Cancer Council Queensland’s statewide information and support line. It’s a toll-free landline call that connects you with health professionals experienced in cancer control. Its purpose? To answer all questions, about all cancers.

New stats show one in five Queensland calls to 13 11 20 are about early detection. More than 3100 Queenslanders got in touch with Cancer Council last year alone to ask questions and seek information and resources in order to find cancer as early as possible.

Early detection is key in beating cancer, enabling access to timely treatment and stopping the cancer from spreading. It’s encouraging that more Queenslanders are becoming concerned about their cancer risk, and taking the necessary steps to detect cancer early, along with reducing their chances of being diagnosed in the first place.

Healthy lifestyles – diet, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, staying SunSmart, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol and participating in recommended screening – are key to reducing your risk of preventable cancers.

Many Queenslanders want to know what role they can play in helping to detect cancer early. It’s easy – find out what screening is recommended for you, schedule it in, and participate in that screening. Follow through on your appointments!

Guys

Men in at-risk age groups, particularly those over 50, or with a family history, need to be proactive about prostate cancer.

While there is no single, simple test to detect prostate cancer, it is important that men discuss their risk and the options available for early detection with a GP.

Gals

All women aged 18 to 70 years who have ever been sexually active should visit their GP for a pap smear every two years. It’s amazing to think that if every eligible woman had a Pap smear every two years, 90 per cent of cervical cancer could be prevented.

Women aged 50-74 should also have a mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Queensland. Queensland women should be breast aware and get to know the normal look and feel of their breasts – if you notice any unusual breast changes, see your doctor immediately.

All Queenslanders

All Queenslanders must get to know their own skin – if you notice a new spot or lesion, or a spot or lesion change in shape, colour or size, visit your GP immediately. You should visit your GP for regular skin checks. Seeing the same doctor for each appointment will ensure any changes are detected easily. If you require a second opinion, your GP may refer you to a dermatologist.

If you’re eligible for bowel cancer screening, it’s vital that you participate. Anyone concerned about bowel cancer or the test should talk to their GP. So – take five minutes.

Make it a priority on your to-do list in 2015 to do what you can to help detect cancer early. Visit your GP, get in touch on 13 11 20, make those appointments and stick to them! Let’s work one step at a time towards a cancer free future together.

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