Reducing Your Risk for Cancer

Staff members in our Cancer Information Service have collected these simple steps you may wish to consider to help reduce your risk of cancer.

Tobacco

  • Do not smoke or use tobacco, smokeless tobacco, or electronic tobacco products.
  • Do not go into enclosed areas where there is or has been second-hand smoke or within 23 feet of someone smoking.
  • Learn more about how to quit.

Nutrition

  • Control your calorie intake to reach or stay at your ideal body weight.
  • Follow a low fat (30% of total calories), high fiber (20-30 gm/day) diet.
  • Eat 5-9 fruits and vegetables a day.
  • Eat charcoal grilled meats only occasionally, if at all. Marinating lean meats in citrus or olive oil lowers the formation of cancer causing substances thus making grilling healthier.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation (1 drink/day for females; 2 drinks/day for males).
  • Learn more about diet and disease.

Physical Activity

  • Exercise 30 minutes a day five times a week. Ten minutes at a time is fine!
  • Learn more about exercise and immunity.

Sun Exposure

  • Do not go in the sun without protective clothing and sunscreen.
  • Use sunless tanning products, not tanning beds!

Check Your Home

  • Check your home for cancer-causing agents, such as asbestos and radon.
  • Use protective clothing if using possibly harmful materials, such as lawn pest products or fertilizers.
  • Avoid exposure at home or work to cancer-causing chemicals, such as benzene.

Get Screened

  • Talk to your doctor and get screened!