Healthy Eating

Eating a healthy balanced diet can play an important role in reducing your risk of cancer. For example, eating foods high in fibre can reduce your risk of bowel cancer.

For more information on healthy eating, please visit the NHS website.

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And specifically related to cancer, please visit Cancer Research UK website.

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Exercise

Over 3,000 cases of cancer in the UK each year could be prevented by keeping active. In conjunction with healthy eating, exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking and also puts you at risk of other health conditions, such as diabetes, strokes and heart disease.

For more information on exercise and keeping active, please visit the NHS website.

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For information on how obesity relates to cancer, please visit Cancer Research UK website.

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Not Smoking

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable cancer and causes at least 15 different types of cancer. Smoking causes around 7 in 10 lung cancer cases in the UK, which is also the most common cause of cancer death.

That’s why it’s so important that we stop young people taking up smoking. But however long you’ve already been smoking, it’s never too late to quit.

For more information on stopping smoking, please visit the NHS website.

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And specifically related to cancer, please visit Cancer Research UK website.

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Cancer Screening

Whilst doing what you can to protect yourself from cancer is important, you should also take part in cancer screening as this will ensure that any cancer is picked up as early as possible, or even prevented from developing in the first place. The earlier that cancer is detected, the sooner treatment can start and the better your chances of recovery.

For more information on screening offered by the NHS, please visit the NHS website.

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Other ways you can prevent cancer

As well as the three main ways above there are other ways you can prevent cancer.

Our growing network of Cancer Champions is at the heart of our cancer prevention work across Greater Manchester