There is a reason that health professionals give the advice that they do.
We might not want to hear that we need to cut down on sugary and fatty foods or that the beer we indulge in every night is doing us long-term harm.
But they do not ask patients to cut out foods or change their lifestyle because they want to see harm befall upon them.
Cancer does not discriminate.
It can strike people who have minimal sun exposure, eat the right foods and exercise regularly.
But during routine check-ups, if a doctor sees a warning sign and advises lifestyle changes to avoid the risk of getting cancer, why are we so hesitant to obey?
This is not to say eating greens and going for a run means you will never get cancer but anything that reduces the risk of contracting the horrible disease, in any of its forms, must be worth it.
Giving up our favourite foods or getting more active is tough but nowhere near as tough as enduring gruelling cancer treatment, such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
A healthy lifestyle should be coupled with regular check-ups with and being aware of any physical changes in your body.
A recent report shows that the Murrumbidgee Local Health District is one of the worst when it comes to eating healthy and getting enough exercise.
One in four hospitalisations in our health district could've been potentially avoidable through preventive care and early disease management, usually delivered in an primary care setting such as general practitioners or community health services.
There is no cure or prevention for cancer but there are changes individuals can make to lessen their risk, especially if they have a genetic predisposition to a particular strain of the disease.
When Cootamundra is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has many picturesque outdoor facilities within the city limits, it is a wonder residents are not scrambling to get out more.
Access to fresh produce is abundant with numerous markets and most growers only a short drive away.
A change in lifestyle would not only benefit the individual but support the region's facilities and businesses.
Supporting local while helping our own health and well-being.
What more could you ask for?