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Did you know that 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85? Did you know that there are over 20 kinds of different cancers that can affect us at any stage of our lives?

You may be one of the fortunate ones that never experience such a monster of a disease, though unfortunately we have all had someone very close to us that has been affected.

If you could knowingly prevent cancer, would you? Thirty percent of all types of cancer could be prevented by making a few changes to your daily life. See below the five small steps you can take to help prevent cancer:

  1. Quit smoking:
    Smoking is a leading cause of cancer. It causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, cervix, colon, and rectum, as well as acute myeloid leukaemia. If you are a smoker, take the first step by visiting the help to quit website.
  2. Protect your skin from the sun:
    The main cause of all types of skin cancers is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Be sun safe and cover up by wearing a hat, sunglasses and applying suncream.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet:
    Mums are fascinating creatures. They will go to great lengths to prep meals for their kids but when it comes to their own food intake they usually take short cuts. Why? You deserve a healthy meal as well to be the best functioning parent you can be. Try and plan your meals for the week in advance and make sure you have all the ingredients ready to go.
  4. Maintain a regular exercise plan:
    As a mum, this can be quite difficult to do. It might have been easy to go to the gym when you felt like it before having a child, but now it’s not so easy to drop everything. So why not make it a habit to go for a daily walk. Not only is it a form of exercise, but you are also getting yourself and bub outside in the fresh air. You will feel so much better for it and so will bub. Half an hour a day is all you need.
  5. Reduce your alcohol intake: Yes we all love a wine or two, but lets work to keep that number down as much as we can!

So let’s help support the Cancer Council by purchasing a daffodil pin at your local retail outlet or by making an online donation on their website.

Every dollar received to the Cancer Council helps to support the research of cancer, cancer prevention and patient support.

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  • I urge people to get involved as you dont know if and when it will happen to you. I never thought I would be a Cancer survivor but I am I had Ovarian Cancer and was told that I had six weeks to live but I have had a healing from this awful disease but I have known people that have not survived.

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  • I will surely do that, like every year. :-)

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  • bright, shiny daffodils – a positive and radiant symbol of hope

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  • A lovely symbol of hope .

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  • I wonder if the daffodils will be available in the usual outlets before Friday?
    Not everybody is able to be out & about on a Friday to buy one.

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  • a lovely and simple way to support so many people and families that suffer the stress and heart ache of a cancer battle – will be getting some to show our support

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  • Buy a daffodil to help the research and help those struggling with cancer.

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  • Thanks for spreading the word about Daffodil Day.


    • Every dollar towards fighting cancer is a good dollar.

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  • I always support daffodils day.
    Unfortunately cancer can get anyone

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  • These are great health tips and everyone should do their best to stay healthy. This illness however is indiscriminate and can strike even those who take good care of themselves.

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  • A very good reason to buy a daffodil,l always do.

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  • My mother in law had a long slow painful death from cancer. We always buy daffodil products for daffodil

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  • A good day to think about those who are affected. My beloved sister and my best friend lost their battle with cancer, thinking about their loved ones.

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