MONTREAL, Jan. 6, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - At the beginning of the year, thousands of Quebecers are going to make one or more resolutions such as giving up smoking, exercising more, eating better, or maintaining a healthy weight. This year, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) wants to support the public in its New Year's resolutions because it has been proven that healthy lifestyle habits can reduce the cancer risk to which we are all exposed1.
The majority of Quebecers are concerned by cancer and want to know more about risk factors to prevent this disease at all costs. If, in a recent CCS2 survey, 67% of respondents clearly identified tobacco as a risk factor, many still have not made the connection between certain lifestyle habits and the risk of cancer. Surprisingly, only 7% of Quebecers surveyed believe that physical inactivity and being overweight are related to the disease; the correlation between an unhealthy diet and cancer is known only to 27% of the population.
In this period conducive to good resolutions, the CCS would like to highlight the relationship between physical activity, being overweight, and cancer to motivate Quebecers to become more active. It would also like to encourage them to eat better because hardly one in four Quebecers surveyed eat enough fruits and vegetables per day.
As for Quebecers who intend to quit smoking in 2014, the CCS would like to remind them that it offers various smoking cessation services for all types of smokers. "Quitting is by far the best resolution to make because tobacco is the leading cause of cancer," says Jacinthe Hovington, Director of Prevention and Health Promotion, CCS - Quebec Division. "Tobacco addiction is difficult to overcome. In the long run, only 5% of smokers succeed in quitting for good without any help while the success rate is at least twice as high among smokers who turn to a support service."
Physical activity and cancer
Being overweight and cancer
Diet and cancer
Every day, the Canadian Cancer Society works to save more lives. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research, and support people touched by the disease. For 75 years, our goal has remained unchanged: do more so that fewer of us have to face cancer and more survive. Let's save more lives: visit cancer.ca or call our Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.
1 In Quebec, 48,500 cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2013. Research shows that 30% to 35% of cancer cases can be prevented through physical activity, healthy eating, and the maintenance of a healthy weight (around 15,000 cases).
2 CCS study on cancer prevention (Leger - Research Intelligence Group, August 2013)
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SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society, Quebec Division
For further information:
André Beaulieu, Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations
Canadian Cancer Society - Quebec Division
[email protected] 514 217-8327 or 514 255-5151