Causes of cancer can be roughly placed into two groups: things we can’t control, and things we can.
There’s not much you can do about inherited genes, but research suggests that nearly 40% of cancer cases could be avoided by changing our nutrition habits and lifestyles. Learn how your everyday decisions can shape your health, and start making decisions that stack the odds in your favor.
Be Physically Active
Being physically active helps your body regulate hormones, manage body weight, and strengthen your immune system, all of which can help lower your cancer risk.
Mind Your Body
You can reduce your cancer risk by staying away from tobacco, being safe in the sun, and by protecting yourself from certain infections.
For more ideas on how to you can improve your lifestyle and prevent cancer, read our 10 recommendations on how to prevent cancer which has been put together using our research.
Make physical activity part of your everyday life. Walk more, sit less, move around and have some fun. We’ve done the research: it really is good for you.
Dr. Jennifer Ligibel, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
“Our study found that exercise had a direct effect on human breast tumor and a potential for lowering breast cancer risk and improved prognosis.”
What’s On the Menu
New American Plate
Being physically active is a great way to reduce your cancer risk – but it’s only one piece of the puzzle: combining activity and weight management with a healthy diet is key. What you put on your plate can help your fitness habits, improve your overall health and well being, and lower your risk for cancer.