Each day 50 Australians needlessly die of smoking related diseases.
This World No Tobacco Day, I’m asking you to consider your smoking habits because once you quit, the risk of smoking related diseases reduces in all age groups.
Quitting before the age of 30 reduces your risk of lung cancer by 90% compared to someone who continues to smoke throughout their life.
After 15 years of not smoking, your stroke risk has reduced to close to that of a person who has never smoked and within 2-5 years of quitting, your risk of getting a heart attack and stroke also drops significantly.
Help is available from your local GP, your pharmacist and the Quitline.
Don’t be part of the statistic, make a change today. 🚭
This year I’m continuing to improve my skin cancer knowledge by completing certificates from the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Skin cancer will affect 2 in 3 Australians at some point in their lives so it is important to have your skin checked regularly. If you notice any new or changing moles, for example a change in size, shape, colour or whether they are itchy or bleeding, be sure to book in for a full skin check.
Of course prevention is the best cure, so don’t forget the sun block for days when the UV index is 3 or higher.
Whether we aspire to hold a kingdom or seek adventure and thrills in life, we all have choices that contribute to how our lives pan out.
By realising the power of decision making we can sculpt our outlook, making us more organised and goal orientated. As an example, earlier this year I chose to work on my passion of delivering educational and interesting videos to a wider community on YouTube. I set aside one day a week for filming and editing and have managed to grow my channel 6 fold with viewers from around the world. Although our choices in life may take perseverance and hard work, it’s important not to give up. 💪