The risk of getting cancer is down to our genes as well as our environment and aspects of our lives, many of which we can control.
Experts estimate that up to four in ten cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes, such as
- not smoking;
- keeping active (overweight or obese people are more likely to develop and die from cancer);
- eating a healthy, balanced diet;
- maintaining a healthy body weight;
- staying safe in the sun; and
- cutting back on alcohol.
Every year, alcohol causes about six per cent of cancer deaths in the UK, killing over 9,000 people.
Additional information from Cancer Research UK
See the Cancer Research UK pages below for more information on cancer:
- Alcohol and cancer
- Can cancer be prevented?
- Obesity, body weight and cancer
- Physical activity, exercise and cancer
- Skin cancer and sun protection
- Smoking and cancer
Additional information from NHS Choices
See the NHS Choices pages below for more information on cancer: