Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia, and a diagnosis can hit like a bolt from above - unforeseen, random and regularly chalked up to powers beyond our control.
But according to a 2015 study by the Cancer Council of Australia, 38 per cent of the 48,000 annual cancer deaths in this country are potentially preventable.
Speaking at the time of the study's release, Professor Sanchia Aranda, Cancer Council Australia CEO, said the its findings indicated risk factors such as smoking, UV exposure, poor diet choices, alcohol consumption and body weight contributed 90 per cent of all preventable cancers. The good news? These are all factors within your control.
So, what are some of the most preventable types of cancer, and how can you avoid becoming another statistic?