Cancer Prevention Recommendations
Our Cancer Prevention Recommendations are the conclusions of an independent panel of experts – they represent a package of healthy lifestyle choices which, together, can make an enormous impact on people’s likelihood of developing cancer and other non-communicable diseases over their lifetimes.
Be a healthy weight
Keep your weight within the healthy range and avoid weight gain in adult life
Be physically active
We recommend being physically active as part of everyday life – walk more and sit less
Eat a better diet
Make wholegrains, veg, fruit and beans a major part of your usual diet
Limit "fast foods"
Limit consumption of ‘fast foods’ and other processed foods high in fat, starches or sugars
Limit red and processed meat
Eat no more than moderate amounts of red meat, such as beef, pork and lamb. Eat little, if any, processed meat.
Cut down on sugary drinks
Limit sugar sweetened drinks, drink mostly water and unsweetened drinks
Limit alcohol consumption
For cancer prevention, it’s best not to drink alcohol
Do not use supplements for cancer prevention
Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone
Smoking and excess sun
In addition to the above recommendations, not smoking and avoiding other exposure to tobacco and excess sun are also important in reducing cancer risk.