Healthy lifestyle

Did you know? 4 out of 10 cancer cases can be prevented. Learn how a healthy lifestyle can help prevent cancer. We have lots of leaflets, booklets, and online information that informs people of how they can reduce their risk of cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices.

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Diet has a powerful effect on your health, including your chance of getting cancer. Limiting your intake of foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat while increasing your consumption of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and pulses can help to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of cancer.

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Body weight and cancer

Maintaining a healthy weight is an important way to reduce your risk of cancer. People who follow a healthy lifestyle that adheres to the recommendations for cancer prevention have an estimated 18% lower risk of cancer compared with people whose lifestyle and body weight do not meet the recommendations.

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Evidence tells us that regular physical activity reduces the risk of breast, bowel and uterine cancer and may prevent lung cancer. It also reduces the risk of many other diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, as well as promotes good mental health and strengthens bones and muscles.

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Cigarette smoking kills up to half of long-term users. Not only is it the single biggest risk factor for lung cancer but tobacco use is also linked to various other cancers and threats to our health. If you smoke, deciding to quit could save your life.

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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland, with most cases are caused by UV rays from the sun. It's important to be SunSmart and protect yourself from sun damage throughout the year, not just during the summer.

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The European Code Against Cancer is based on the latest scientific evidence on cancer prevention and helps inform people about actions they can take for themselves or their families to reduce their risk of cancer.

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There are three free screening programmes run by the National Cancer Screening service. Find out lots more information about cancer screening in Ireland.

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Drinking alcohol can cause at least 7 types of cancer: those of the mouth, oesophageal, throat, liver, large bowel (colon and rectum), and breast. Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention.

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Most cervical cancers are caused by the HPV Virus. HPV has also been strongly linked to a number of other cancers in men and women including cancers of the anus, mouth and throat, vulva, vagina and penis.

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12 ways to reduce your cancer risk infographic

Spot cancer early. Know the signs.

Read more about the signs of cancer. It could save your life.

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