St Albans hospice pushing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle

A HEALTHY lifestyle can cut cancer risk throughout life.

January is the time for New Year’s resolutions and Grove House wants everyone to know that making small changes to the daily routine can improve quality of life and dramatically reduce the risk of getting cancer.

More than one in three people in the UK will develop cancer during their lifetime but half of all cancers could be prevented by small lifestyle changes.

CANCERi, the information service at Grove House, regularly gives practical, confidential advice to anyone wanting to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Mary Wrenn, who co-ordinates the service, said: “We have a wide range of information about many types of cancer. We can supply practical information on everything from symptoms to support groups to lifestyle choices. There are small changes that everyone can make to significantly reduce the risk of developing cancer.”

Some easy changes to make include giving up smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding over exposure to the sun, drinking sensibly and avoiding unprotected sex.

Early detection of any cancer is vital so know your body and be aware of any changes; contact your doctor if you notice anything unusual. It is also important to attend screening when invited – it could save your life.

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For further information and advice contact the CANCERi at Grove House in Waverley Road, St Albans. The office is open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, no need to make an appointment, just pop in or access the helpline by calling 01727 843401, alternatively email

All information is free and given in confidence. The service is open to patients their families and friends or anyone wanting to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle to help prevent cancer.