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The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

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AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

A Blueprint to Beat Cancer

How to Prevent Cancer:
10 Recommendations

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. Our panel of world-renowned independent experts from across the globe have reviewed decades of evidence and from their conclusions have developed the most reliable cancer prevention lifestyle advice currently available. This is summarized in our 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.


Be a Healthy Weight

Firstly, to prevent cancer you should try to keep your weight in the healthy range and avoid weight gain in adult life.


Be Physically Active

Be physically active as part of everyday life. Walking more and sitting less is a great way to prevent cancer.


Eat a Diet Rich in Whole Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, and Beans

What you eat can have a massive impact to your chances of developing cancer. Make whole grains, vegetables, fruits and pulses (legumes) such as beans and lentils a major part of your normal diet.


Limit Consumption of “Fast Foods” and Other Processed Foods That are High In Fat, Starches, or Sugars

Much like you should try to eat more nutritious food, you should also reduce the amount of unhealthy food you eat. Limiting these products helps you control your calorie intake and makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight.


Limit Consumption of Red and Processed Meat

Consuming large quantities of red or processed meats is considered to increase you risks of cancer. To prevent this, you should eat no more than moderate amounts (12-18 ounces per week) of red meat, such as beef, pork, and lamb. Eat little, if any, processed meat.


Limit Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

Drink mostly water and unsweetened drinks.


Limit Alcohol Consumption

For cancer prevention, it is best not to drink alcohol.


Do Not Use Supplements for Cancer Prevention

Whilst supplements do carry health benefits, to prevent cancer you should aim to meet your nutritional needs through diet alone.


For Mothers: Breastfeed Your Baby, If You Can

Breastfeeding is good for both mother and baby. It carries many health benefits, including the ability to reduce your chances of developing breast cancer.


After a Cancer Diagnosis: Follow Our Recommendations, If You Can

Our recommendations for preventing cancer are valuable not just for those who’ve never been diagnosed, they can also provide help post-diagnosis. Our recommendations are great for those who want to prevent cancer recurrence. Check with your health professional about what is right for you.

Not smoking and avoiding other exposure to tobacco and excess sun are also important in reducing cancer risk.

Following these Recommendations is likely to reduce intakes of salt, saturated and trans fats, which together will help prevent other non-communicable diseases.

Check In With Your Health

The choices we make each day can help reduce our risk of cancer.
AICR's new Cancer Health Check will help you learn more about your
choices and how you can stack the odds in your favor.