CHOICES AFFECTING CANCER RISK

The take-home message: A combination of a healthy diet, regular physical activity and healthy body weight can lower your risk of cancer.

Just how many cancers are we talking about here? How many don’t have to happen?

Overall, about 1/3 of the most common cancers in the US could be prevented by following AICR’s recommendations, according to experts.

But when you look specifically at the numerous cancers that have been strongly linked to various aspects of diet, activity level and body weight, the preventability estimates go considerably higher.

And if you add “not smoking” to the mix, we could feasibly cut the number of cancers occurring in the US every year IN HALF.

Getting Started

Learn which small, everyday changes matter most.

How Healthy Is Your Diet?: Take our quiz to find out.

The New American Plate: Stop counting calories. To manage your weight – and protect against cancer – simply take a good, hard look at your plate.

AICR's Healthy Recipes: AICR's recipe database presents healthy, cancer-protective and delicious recipes.

Guide to the Nutrition Facts Label: Learn what to look for on food labels.

Phytochemicals: The Cancer Fighters in the Foods We Eat: This chart lists some of the phytochemicals now attracting serious scientific attention, identifies food sources and outlines potential benefits.

Reduce Your Cancer Risk: Physical Activity

If you’re currently inactive and want to start moving more, focus on three things:

  • ADD a total of 30 minutes of physical activity to your day.
  • SUBTRACT more and more TV time from your week.
  • REPLACE your usual moderate activity with more vigorous activity twice a week.

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