4 out of 10 cancer cases are preventable by following the EU Code Against Cancer
In Ireland and in Europe about 1 in 3 people will develop cancer at some stage in their life. The great news is that due to better treatments and picking up cancer earlier, more and more people are surviving cancer.
The EU Code Against Cancer sums up the steps you can take to protect yourself against cancer, and to find cancer early:
- If you smoke, plan to quit.
- Eat at least five servings a day of a variety of fruit and vegetables.
- Limit your intake of fatty foods.
- If you drink alcohol, limit your intake to no more than two standard drinks per day for men and one standard drink per day for women.
- Do brisk physical activity every day.
- Be a healthy weight.
- Protect yourself in the sun and avoid sunburn, especially in children.
- If you notice a lump, a sore that does not heal, a mole that changes in shape, size or colour or bleeds in unusual circumstances.
- If you have ongoing problems, such as a cough or hoarseness, a change in bowel or bladder habit, or unexplained weight loss.
See our infographic on the 12 ways you can reduce your risk of cancer based on the European Code Against Cancer.