Cancer Care Center
Cancer Prevention Tips
The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends the following to prevent cancer (items marked with an * apply to special populations as noted):
- Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
- Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day
- Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods.
- Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.
- Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats
- If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to two for men and one for women a day.
- Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
- Don’t rely on supplements to protect against cancer
- *It is best for mothers to breastfeed exclusively for up to six months and then add other liquids and foods.
- *After treatment, cancer survivors should follow the recommendations for cancer prevention.
There is ongoing research to determine how much diet plays into the onset of cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society is currently launching a nation-wide study to further investigate and better understand the genetic, environmental and nutritional factors that may cause or prevent cancer.
Learn more about the Cancer Prevention Study-3 and how you can participate in a research study for a cancer-free tomorrow.