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Let's cure cancer sooner rather than later

Eurest | Health and wellbeing |  14 May 2013

Health and wellbeing

THERE'S A WEALTH OF WORK BEING DONE IN LABS, HOSPITALS AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY BY RESEARCHERS TRYING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CANCER AND BEAT THE DISEASE SOONER. AND CANCER RESEARCH UK ARE LEADING THE WAY, LOOKING FOR BETTER AND KINDER TREATMENTS.

We can help by donating to keep this vital work going and ‘Magical May’ sees our Compass family rising to the fund-raising challenge. May magic has started already, and we’ll keep you updated with how we’re doing.

But, as ‘regular’ people, is there anything beyond fund raising that we can do to support the fight against cancer?

Well yes, we all have a role to play in cancer prevention.

Prevention, as the saying goes, is better than cure. After all, wouldn’t you rather give cancer a miss, if you could? And though a healthy lifestyle isn’t a guarantee against cancer, there are plenty of diet and lifestyle changes you can make to stack the odds in your favour.

More than 4 in 10 cancers in the UK could be prevented by changes to lifestyle (Cancer Research UK, 2013). Simple changes that can help us reduce our own risk:

• not smoking
• eating healthily
• cutting back on alcohol
• keeping a healthy weight
• being active
• and enjoying the sun safely.

We’ve still got lots to learn about preventing cancer but we do know that combining regular activity with a healthy, balanced diet of plenty of fruit, vegetables and fibre and not too much red and processed meat, saturated fat or salt can make a big difference. Not only can it help you get to, and stay at, a healthy weight, you can also reduce the risk of developing a wide range of diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. And the food bit is very much our bag.

Our customers already know that serving healthy and delicious food is central to our foodservice responsibility, as is helping you make informed choices about what you eat via our Know your Food programme — look out for more information as we continue to promote cancer awareness and raise funds to support the vital work of Cancer Research UK.

We’ve all been touched by cancer in one way or another. Let’s all help spread the magic this May that could make such a difference.

Cancer Research UK, section reviewed 19 December 2012, ‘All cancers combined key facts’ [online] http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/keyfacts/Allcancerscombined/ [Accessed 31 January 2013]

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