Cancer is a general term used to refer to a condition where the body’s cells begin to grow and reproduce in an uncontrollable way. These cells can then invade and destroy healthy tissue, including organs. Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other parts
Cancer is a common condition and a serious health problem. More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. Excluding non melanoma skin cancer, there are around 7,000 new cases diagnosed each year in Northern Ireland.
Sub Topic 1: Smoking
Smoking causes many diseases and health problems, some fatal, among both smokers and non-smokers. In Northern Ireland, around 2,300 people die from smoking related illnesses each year.
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Sub Topic 2: Healthy weight
Healthy eating and physical activity are great ways of living a fitter and healthier life. They reduce the risk of developing heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and high blood pressure, and can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
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Sub Topic 3: Protection from the sun
The heat can affect anyone, but some people are at greater risk of serious harm. Remember to think of those who may be more at risk from the effects of heat. Listen to your local weather forecast so you know if a heatwave is on the way. Plan ahead to reduce the risk of ill health from the heat.
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Sub Topic 4: Don’t drink too much alcohol
Some types of cancer are more common in heavy drinkers. These include cancers of the liver, throat, oesophagus (gullet) and mouth. People who smoke and drink a lot are even more at risk.
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