World Cancer Day 2019 – “I am and I will”


Every year on February 4, World Cancer Day empowers communities across the world to show support and raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.


The campaign theme for World Cancer Day 2019 is ‘I Am and I Will’. Regardless of who you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, your loved ones and the world.


World Cancer Day 2019 highlights early detection and lifestyle changes one of the most impactful ways to improve health outcomes and reduce the global cancer burden.


Around 37,000 Australian cancer cases alone could be prevented each year largely through lifestyle change, according to the first study of cancer incidence and preventable causes in Australia.


Besides preventing heart disease and diabetes and maintaining healthy body weight, being physically active is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer.


Not sure where to start?  There are five physical activity recommendations for older Australians in the National Physical Activity Guidelines:


  • Do some form of physical activity, no matter what your age, weight, health problems or abilities.
  • Be active every day in as many ways as possible, doing a range of physical activities that incorporate fitness, strength, balance and flexibility.
  • Accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days.
  • Older Australians who have stopped physical activity, or who are starting a new physical activity, should start at a level that is easily manageable and gradually build up the recommended amount, type and frequency of activity.
  • Older Australians who continue to enjoy a lifetime of vigorous physical activity should carry on doing so in a manner suited to their capability into later life, provided recommended safety procedures and guidelines are adhered to.


At Southern Plus, our Exercise Physiologists are trained in supporting people with cancer and provide an Exercise Medicine for Cancer program. For more information call 1300 000 161 

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