More than 550 men working at the Westfield Coomera construction site will put their tools down on Friday morning to focus on their health.
In celebration of Men’s Health Week (June 11-17), Cancer Council Queensland, My Health for Life, Workplace Health and Safety, and Quitline, will offer free health checks, healthy resources and referrals to workers at the Scentre Group construction site on Foxwell Road, Coomera.
Cancer Council Queensland General Manager, Advocacy and Public Health, Dr Peter Anderson said Men’s Health Week was a pivotal time to raise awareness of health disparities and encourage men to lead healthier lifestyles.
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“We’re proud to partner with My Health for Life, Workplace Health and Safety, and Quitline to raise awareness of the role between healthy lifestyle habits and wellbeing,” Dr Anderson said.
“Around 5000 cancer cases diagnosed among men in Queensland each year could be prevented simply through healthy lifestyle changes.
“Preventable cancers are mainly attributable to six factors; tobacco smoking, UV exposure, an unhealthy diet, being overweight or obese, alcohol consumption, and lack of physical activity.
“Men currently have a 29 per cent higher smoking rate than females, are more frequently exposed to harmful levels of UV, are 30 per cent less likely to be a healthy weight, and 2-3 times more likely to drink alcohol at risky levels.
“In addition, men are 76 per cent less likely to consume the recommended daily serves of vegetables, and 44 per cent more likely to consume sugar sweetened drinks”
Dr Anderson said reducing alcohol intake, improving diet and exercising regularly, being sun safe and quitting smoking, and taking part in the national bowel cancer screening program to aid with early detection could help reduce the burden of cancer in Queensland.
To coincide with Men’s Health Week, Cancer Council Queensland has also launched a new webpage with helpful resources and information at cancerqld.org.au/go/mhw.