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.

Be a healthy weight

For cancer prevention, keep your weight as low as you can within the healthy range

Move more

Research shows that being physically active or exercising has a direct role in preventing cancer

Avoid high-calorie foods and drinks

Limit your consumption of high-calorie foods and avoid sugary drinks like cola and energy drinks

Enjoy more grains, veg, fruit & beans

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

Limit red meat and avoid processed meat

Eat no more than 500g (cooked weight) a week of red meat and eat little, if any, processed meat

For cancer prevention, don’t drink alcohol

If you do, limit alcoholic drinks and follow national guidelines

Eat less salt

Limit your intake to less than 6g a day by adding less salt and eating less food processed with salt

Don’t rely on supplements

Eat a healthy diet rather than relying on supplements to protect against cancer

Breastfeed your baby

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

Cancer survivors

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