Many Australians are misinformed when it comes to identifying the lifestyle factors that could put them at risk of developing some kinds of cancer, according to one national organisation.
The research, published on November 30 by the Cancer Council, indicated that many people displayed "limited awareness" when it came to the lifestyle risk factors that could cause cancer.
Being overweight, eating processed meat and consuming alcohol can all be factors that can – in some cases – contribute to a cancer diagnosis, but the research results indicated that few people were aware of these links.
Meanwhile, poll respondents mistakenly believed that positive thinking, getting plenty of rest and ensuring they drink lots of water were all measures they could take to reduce their cancer risks. Others made the error of believing cancer is caused by other external – and non-carcinogenic – factors such as stress.
Your private health insurance provider can help you take charge of your wellbeing. Many funds offer useful information such as nutrition guides or healthy living tips on their website – and depending on your cover, some members may also be able to consult with a nutritionist or dietician if they are interested in changing their lifestyle habits.
You'll also be able to visit any doctor you choose, which ensures you are able to talk to a provider you trust about your health risks.