Cancer Prevention

Improve your health and reduce your risk of cancer:

Did you know that there are many things people can do to lower their risk of developing cancer? According to the Canadian Cancer Society, about 4 in 10 cancer cases in Canada can be prevented through healthy living and policies that protect the health of Canadians.

Take some time to learn about the positive changes that you can make in your everyday life to reduce the risk of developing cancer and help you live a healthier life.

· Live smoke-free: The single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer is to live smoke-free.

· Be sun safe: Reduce your risk of skin cancer by being safe in the sun. Protect your skin and protect your eyes.

· Have a healthy body weight: Besides living smoke-free, having a healthy body weight is one of the best things you can do to reduce cancer risk.

· Eat well: Eating well is an important part of reducing your cancer risk. Eat a variety of foods each day to get the nutrients you need for good health.

· Move more, sit less: Not enough physical activity and too much sitting increases the risk of cancer. Aim for 30 minutes of activity every day and take frequent, short breaks from sitting.

· Limit alcohol: Drinking any type or amount of alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer. The less alcohol you drink, the more you reduce your risk.

· Get screened for cancer: Regular screening is important because it can help to prevent people from getting some cancers or find cancer early when treatment has a better chance of working. Ontario has four cancer screening programs: the Ontario Breast Screening Program, Ontario Cervical Screening Program, ColonCancerCheck, and the Ontario Lung Screening Program. If you are due or overdue for your cancer screening tests, please contact your healthcare provider. To learn more about cancer screening click here.

For more information about how to reduce your risk of cancer visit: · Canadian Cancer Society · My CancerIQ – learn more about your personal risk for up to six types of cancer and what you can do to help lower your risk.

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