Cancer Council Australia

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We know that preventing cancer is one of the most effective ways of creating a cancer free future. At least one in three cancer cases could be prevented and the number of cancer deaths could be reduced significantly by choosing a cancer smart lifestyle.

Each year, more than 13,000 cancer deaths are due to smoking, sun exposure, poor diet, alcohol, inadequate exercise or being overweight.

Fortunately, there are a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce your risk of cancer such as:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Being SunSmart 
  • Get checked

Read more about the seven steps to reducing your cancer risk in Cancer Council's cancer prevention lifestyle fact sheets.

For a more detailed analysis of cancer prevention please view the National Cancer Prevention PolicyThe policy is a comprehensive set of recommendations, outlining how national action by governments and non-government organisations can reduce new cases of cancer from occurring.

Explore this section:

Sun safety

Get information on how much sun you actually need and how to protect yourself and your family.
More about sun safety

Nutrition and physical activity

How can diet and exercise affect your cancer risk?
More about nutrition and physical activity

Smoking and tobacco

How can smoking and passive smoking affect your cancer risk?
More about smoking and tobacco

Reduce your risk

Learn ways to reduce your cancer risk in seven easy steps.
More about reduce your risk

Early detection

It is vitally important to detect cancer early so that treatment is likely to be more effective.
More about early detection

Workplace cancer

Occupational cancers are those that occur due to exposure to carcinogenic agents
More about workplace cancer

Other cancer information is available on the following topics:

This page was last updated on: Friday, December 7, 2018

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