We offer information, support, advice and referral to specialist services about your type of cancer as well as information on a wide range of cancer topics including support and counselling for you and your family.  For questions about cancer or help, contact our health nurse or care coordinator for more information.

Risk Factors for Cancer
It is usually not possible to know exactly why one person develops cancer and another doesn’t, but research has shown that certain risk factors may increase a person’s chances of developing cancer. (There are also factors that are linked to a lower risk of cancer. These are sometimes called protective risk factors, or just protective factors.)

Learn Ways to Reduce Your Risk:

The list below includes the most-studied known or suspected risk factors for cancer. Although some of these risk factors can be avoided, others—such as growing older—cannot. Limiting your exposure to avoidable risk factors may lower your risk of developing certain cancers.

  • Age
  • Alcohol
  • Cancer-Causing Substances
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Diet
  • Hormones
  • Immunosuppression
  • Infectious Agents
  • Obesity
  • Radiation
  • Sunlight
  • Tobacco

You can also find additional information on the Cancer Council website at

Make an appointment to talk to one of our Registered Nurses who can help you monitor and understand your condition.

We can help you by providing:

  • Health care and health checks
  • Information on your condition, medications and supportive treatments, risk factors
  • Referral to one of our other services, a GP or another specialist service
  • Support and advocacy
  • Counselling for you and your family
  • Health goal setting and support to reach your goals

These services are provided by qualified practitioners including, Health Nurses and Mental Health Clinicians.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.

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