How to reduce cancer risk by eating well and being active

For a long time, it has been commonly believed that getting cancer is something that we have no control over. However, we now know much more about the causes of cancer than we did in the past. We know that maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active can lower your cancer risk. We also know that there are other benefits of this lifestyle – including preventing heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. After tobacco, lifestyle is the next most modifiable risk factor for reducing your risk of cancer.

There are three key ways to reduce your cancer risk:

  1. Maintain a healthy body weight
  2. Be physically active every day
  3. Enjoy a healthy diet

We know that these factors can reduce your risk of cancer by up to a quarter.

Cancer Council recommends you:

  1. Maintain a healthy body weight
  2. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes each day
  3. Aim for at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables each day
  4. Eat a variety of wholegrain, wholemeal and high fibre foods such as cereals, breads, rice and pasta
  5. Have moderate amounts of lean red meat and limit or avoid processed meat
  6. Limit your alcohol consumption