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Guide Empowering Women to Develop Healthy Habits to Reduce Cancer Risk

World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has launched a new booklet, Women’s Health Guide, to empower women at different stages of their lives to develop healthy habits to reduce their risk of cancer and other health conditions.

Women’s Health Guide contains information on cancer prevention, cancer symptoms and screening as well as practical tips on maintaining a healthy weight, keeping active, breastfeeding, eating well during pregnancy and the menopause. The guide has simple to use interactive activities such as a quiz, a food diary and an exercise calorie calculator. The concise and informative guide is helpful in encouraging behaviour change with patients by making conversations between health professionals and female patients easier.

In the UK, around 177,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in women every year. The positive message is that women can make small changes to their health and lifestyle that can reduce their risk of developing cancer.

If we all lived healthy lifestyles, which includes not smoking, eating a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, around 40 per cent of cancer cases could be prevented.

Rachel Clark, Nutritionist and Health Promotion Manager at WCRF, said: “There are so many things that can affect our health on a daily basis that we might not always think about.  For example, having a poor diet, drinking alcohol and not exercising enough can all increase our risk of cancer. However, making small changes can make a huge difference to our overall health and cancer risk.

As a woman and mum, I find it important to be aware of what can affect my overall health so that I can make informed decisions about my lifestyle. This guide has tips for everyone from breastfeeding to eating well and exercising, I’d recommend it to all women who want to improve their health.”

Jacqui Walker, Advanced Nurse Practitioner/General Practice Nurse, said: Women’s Health Guide has lots of useful tips and advice for health professionals to use with female patients. I find it helpful in encouraging behaviour change with my female patients as it makes conversations between them and myself easier.

The guide covers a number of different health factors that can affect a woman’s cancer risk throughout her life and the simple changes she can make in order to reduce that risk.”

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