Healthy Habits

Most cases of cancer are the consequence of many years of exposure to several risk factors. What you eat, your level of physical activity, your level of sun exposure and whether you smoke as a young person have a substantial influence on your risk of developing cancer later in life.

More than two-thirds of all fatal cancer cases can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes such as:

  • Eating lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Exercising
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Using protection against the sun
  • And especially, not smoking


Eating a healthy diet and maintaining an active lifestyle can help prevent cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends these guidelines to help reduce your risk of cancer and help you enjoy a healthy life.

  • Eat five or more servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables each day.
  • Adopt a physically active lifestyle.
  • Maintain a healthful weight throughout life.
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit consumption.

Early Detection Guidelines

The American Cancer Society offers these recommendations (click to go to the American Cancer Society website)