I AM AND I WILL – WORLD CANCER DAY

Almost 9.6 million people die from cancer every year. This means that almost everyone’s lives have been touched by cancer in some capacity. Either you, your family member, or your close friend has been affected by cancer.

Today on World Cancer Day, let’s embrace the theme of “I am, and I will”, share our experience and support for the fight against cancer.

At least one third of cancers are preventable! Let’s champion healthy behaviours and share how we can support each other to have the best chance to reduce the risk of cancer.

How will ONE YOU support your journey?

Being overweight or obese doesn’t mean that you will definitely get cancer. But it does increase the risk of developing cancer. Research shows that extra fat cells send signals to other cells in our body to divide more often, which in turn leads to cancer. However, by managing your weight and keeping to a healthy weight, you can reduce your risk of 13 different types of cancers. Healthy Surrey have lots of information around free activities to join in.

We all know that being active can benefit us in various ways. It’s not just good for our hearts but also helps us lose weight! And as we’ve discussed before, being a healthy weight can reduce our risk of many different kinds of cancer. It is recommended to ensure you are being physically active for 30 min every day! 5 days a week doing something that raises your heart rate, and 2 days where you build your strength.

Healthy Surrey have weekly clubs and activities that are free to partake in. Activities like Cycling, Family Leisure, Walking and for pregnant women too!

We are what we eat. Our eating and drinking behaviours can affect our health in many different ways. By eating a balanced diet, we can manage our weight and thus reduce our risk of cancer.

The 10 week ‘Lose Weight With ONE YOU’ programme, has Cook and Eat classes put this theory into practise with recipes approved by our in-house Dietitian.

Smoking is one of the leading causes of cancer.

Cigarettes contain many carcinogenic chemicals which when inhaled can cause damage to our DNA. Being smoke free is one of the best things we can do to reduce our risk of cancer from smoking.

ONE YOU SURREY offer up to 12 weeks of FREE one-to-one sessions with a stop smoking advisor. Clients receive behavioural support and 12 weeks of medication. The combination of the two means you are up to four times more likely to quit smoking! Sign up with the button below to see how we can support you!

Drinking alcohol has been linked to 7 different types of cancer such as mouth and upper throat, larynx, oesophagus, breast, liver, and bowel. The nitty gritty of it is that when alcohol is broken down in our bodies it is turned into a substance called acetaldehyde. Too much acetaldehyde can lead to changes in our DNA which increases our risk of cancer.

So, to reduce our risk of cancer, lets reduce the amount of alcohol we drink! With i-Access we can support you to drink mindfully.

Two thirds of cancers are caused by factors out of our control like genetics or age, but one third are preventable! Let’s do our best to reduce our risk of cancer with ONE YOU by our side!

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