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Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

We are so grateful to Sam McCauley Chemists for their ongoing support of the Marie Keating Foundation’s goal of working towards a world free from the fear of cancer. We very much depend on the money raised to help us to continue our work in the community. Through our Awareness, Information and Support Campaigns.

My beautiful Mum, Marie, died from cancer 20 years ago. If we’d known more, or if she’d been diagnosed earlier, the outcome could have been very different. That’s why, at The Marie Keating Foundation, we’ve created the ‘Your Health, Your Choice Campaign’.

You can cut your risk of cancer. Here are 5 Simple Changes you can make, right now, that can help prevent 4 out of 10 cancers.

1. Quit the Smokes

One in every two smokers die of a tobacco-related disease. The start of the summer is a great time to quit, breathe in the fresh air. Your Sam Mc Cauley Pharmacist can recommend products to assist you or you can call the National Smoker’s Quitline for free on 1800 201 203 or Freetext QUIT to 50100.

2. Go Easy on the Booze

In Ireland, we drink more than the European average and it’s doing damage. Every year, 500 people die from alcohol-related cancers. Alcohol causes 7 types of cancers including head and neck, bowel and breast cancers. The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk cancer and many other cancers and diseases. Take a count, an honest one, of what you drink in a week and then check it against the standards – 11 standard drinks a week for women and 17 for men. Standard may be smaller than you think - one pint has two standard drinks in it. A large glass of wine (200ml) is two standard drinks.

3. No more getting lobster red

You might think the sun in Ireland is harmless but skin cancer is actually the most common cancer in Ireland. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or sunbeds is the main cause of skin cancer. Most of us can prevent skin cancer by protecting our skin from sunburn with sunscreen, clothing and by staying in the shade.

4. Eat good healthy grub

Eating healthy food is easier when the sun shines – fruit, vegetables, salads are all great and help keep the weight down too. Research shows if you are a healthy weight you will reduce your risk for many cancers.

5. I hope you dance

Dance, jog, walk or play – whatever way you love to get moving is great. If you are physically active, you will reduce your risk of getting colon, endometrial and post-menopausal breast cancer. Try to get 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 times a week.

Good luck and have a super healthy summer.