10 cancer prevention recommendations

Our cancer prevention recommendations

Cutting out high-calorie foods and sugary drinks. Drinking less alcohol. Losing weight.

What changes could you make to your life to reduce your risk of getting cancer?

Based on the latest scientific research about how to prevent cancer, our advice is practical and simple to understand.

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Be a healthy weight

Keep your weight within the healthy range and avoid weight gain in later life

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Move more

Be physically active as part of everyday life – walk more and sit less

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Enjoy more grains, veg, fruit & beans

Eat a wide variety of wholegrains, vegetables, fruit and pulses such as beans

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Avoid high-calorie foods

Limit consumption of fast foods and other processed foods high in fat or sugar

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Limit consumption of red and processed meat

Eat no more than three portions of red meat a week and eat little, if any, processed meat

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For cancer prevention, don’t drink alcohol

If you do, limit alcoholic drinks and follow national guidelines

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Supplements won't prevent cancer

Follow a healthy diet and lifestyle rather than taking supplements to protect against cancer

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Breastfeed your baby

If you can, breastfeed your baby for six months before adding other liquids and foods

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Cancer survivors

After a cancer diagnosis, follow our recommendations, if you can

Our recommendations

How do we know that they work?