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Our Cancer Prevention Recommendations

Our analysis of global research shows that about a third of the most common cancers are preventable through a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity.

Click on our Cancer Prevention Recommendations below to find out more about them.

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Body fatness

Keep weight low within the healthy range.

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Physical activity

Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day, and sit less. 

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Foods & drinks that promote weight gain

Avoid high-calorie foods and sugary drinks. 

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Plant foods

Eat more grains, veg, fruit and beans.

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Animal foods

Limit red meat and avoid processed meat. 

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Alcoholic drinks

For cancer prevention, don’t drink alcohol. 

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Preservation, processing & preparation

Eat less salt and avoid mouldy grains & cereals.

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Dietary supplements

For cancer prevention, don’t rely on supplements. 

Newborn sucks mother's breast, breastfeeding and cancer prevention


If you can, breastfeed your baby for six months. 

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Cancer survivors

After cancer treatment, the best advice is to follow the Cancer Prevention Recommendations.