Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift.
Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift. Contributed

Men encouraged to go blue for cancer prevention

GUITAR Hero marathons, big beards and backyard cricket games - September is all about men going blue in their own little way to support fellow Aussie blokes affected by cancer.

Cancer Council Queensland spokewoman Katie Clift said going blue for cancer during September meant men doing what they did best to raise funds and awareness, while encouraging their mates to reduce their personal risk of cancer too.

"Some men swap snags for skinless chicken on the barbie, others go alcohol-free or offer to do the housework for a week - and many more grow mo's or shave beards they've been growing for years - all for a good cause," she said.

"At CCQ, we know up to one-third of all cancers are preventable through simple lifestyle changes like eating healthy, quitting smoking, being SunSmart, moving more, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing alcohol intake.

"By going blue and making a small lifestyle change this month, you can help reduce your risk of cancer and help us toward a cancer free future at the same time.

If you're due for a shave or your partner's pestering about unruly hair, consider clipping for cancer and raising funds by registering your event at icanforcancer.org.au.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council helpline on 131 120.

 

Men's cancer facts

  • One in two Queensland men will develop cancer in their lifetime.
  • Each year across the state, more than 3000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, more than 1800 with melanoma, more than 1500 with bowel cancer, and 1300 with lung cancer - and that's just the top four male cancers

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