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More education in deprived areas needed this World Cancer Day

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This World Cancer Day (Saturday 4th February), we're warning that more needs to be done in deprived areas to raise health awareness and show people how they can live healthier lives.

Cancer survival rates are lower in poorer areas of the UK. This is partly due to people not being aware of the risks of living unhealthy lifestyles but also the perception that treatment for cancer is worse than the diagnosis itself. In addition, people sometimes think they can’t be helped if they’re told they have cancer.

We’re looking to do more with these communities across Wales to make sure they have access to the information they need to make the right choices. This is why we’ve come up with our free Online Healthcheck, an easy to use tool that can help make a real difference.

Did you know?

  • Lifestyle has a major impact with 4 out of 10 cancers being preventable if people chose to live healthier lives
  • Lung cancer is responsible for 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the UK
  • Drinking too much alcohol is to blame for 1,000 deaths in Wales each year
  • 1 in 20 cancers are linked to poor diet and being overweight

Maura Matthews, our Health & Wellbeing Development Manager, said most people think it’s fate if they get cancer or not. “Evidence tells us that we can reduce our risk if we exercise, eat healthily, cut down on drinking alcohol and stop smoking. Our job is to try and tell people that they can be the masters of their own destiny and help themselves.

We want to help those communities who don’t know what to do which is why we’ve created our free Online Healthcheck. Anyone can do it and it can show which areas of your lifestyle could be improved. Small changes can make a real difference and that’s why we’re here to support those who want to make that change.”

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If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, we can offer help and support. To find out more call our free Support Line on 0808 808 1010.