Cancer is a disease of the cells and occurs when abnormal cells grow in an uncontrolled way. These abnormal cells can damage or invade the surrounding tissues, or spread to other parts of the body, causing further damage.
The risk of developing cancer increases with age with people aged 65 and over accounting for three-quarters of cancer-related deaths.
The most common types of cancers amongst older Australians are prostate, lung, colorectal and breast cancers.
Preventing cancer is one of the most effective ways of creating a cancer-free future. 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 a healthy body weight, being physically active is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer.
At least one in three cancer cases could be prevented and the number of cancer deaths could be reduced significantly by choosing a cancer smart lifestyle.
Each year, more than 13,000 cancer deaths are due to smoking, sun exposure, poor diet, alcohol, inadequate exercise or being overweight.
Fortunately, there are a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce your risk of cancer such as:
Maintaining a healthy weight
Eating a healthy diet
Reducing alcohol intake
Exercise Medicine For Cancer
At Southern Plus, our Exercise Physiologists are trained in supporting people with cancer and provide an Exercise Medicine for Cancer program through Edith Cowan University’s Vario Health Clinic. The program is run at Southern Plus Health and Wellness Centre, a unique and innovative facility specifically designed for seniors. The Centre provides a range of health and wellness services and state-of-the-art facilities to support rehabilitation, restoration and quality of life.
Clients can also take advantage of the on-site hydrotherapy pool, physiotherapy, exercise physiology and exercise classes as well as GP Services through Kaleeya Health.
In-home health and wellness
At Southern Plus, we offer innovative in-home health and wellness services to anyone who needs or wants some extra support to continue to live healthy and well at home. Whether it is a trip to yoga, swimming classes, in-home physiotherapy or a few hours of help around the house each week to free up time, we have a range of options available for you through government-funded care, via Home Care Packages and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) or self-funded private services.
For more information contact one of our friendly care advisors on 1300 000 161.
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