More than 41,000 cancers a year in Australia  are estimated as being preventable through healthy lifestyle. Cancer Australia has launched an interactive online tool to help adults understand how their lifestyle factors contribute to cancer risk. It is possible to assess lifestyle factors such as weight, physical activity, diet, alcohol consumption, smoking and sun exposure and to receive suggestions for simple and achievable steps towards reducing cancer risk.

At least a third and potentially more than half of all cancers may be prevented through a combination of healthy lifestyle and regular screening.

The recommendations to reduce risk, based on available evidence are:

  • Don't smoke
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be active
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Be sun smart
  • Reduce risk and protect against infection

A number a the behaviours have health benefits beyond cancer, in reducing risk of disease and death from other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease.


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