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Preventing cancer

It may surprise you to learn that at least one in three cancer cases are preventable and the number of cancer deaths could be reduced significantly by choosing a cancer smart lifestyle.

More than 13,000 cancer deaths each year are due to smoking, sun exposure, poor diet, alcohol, inadequate exercise or being overweight.

There are some simple steps you can take to minimise your cancer risk. So where do you start? The seven steps to reducing your cancer risk are explained in the Cancer Council's cancer prevention lifestyle fact sheets.

For health professionals and policy makers, Cancer Council has published the first-ever Australian study on cancer incidence and preventable causes. ‘Cancers in Australia in 2010 attributable to modifiable factors’ is in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Articles are open access.

For a more detailed analysis of cancer prevention please view the National Cancer Prevention Policy. The policy is a comprehensive set of recommendations, outlining how national action by governments and non-government organisations can reduce new cases of cancer from occurring.

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Sun safety

Get information on how much sun you actually need and how to protect yourself and your family.
More about sun safety

Nutrition and physical activity

How can diet and exercise affect your cancer risk?
More about nutrition and physical activity

Smoking and tobacco

How can smoking and passive smoking affect your cancer risk?
More about smoking and tobacco

Reduce your risk

Learn ways to reduce your cancer risk in seven easy steps.
More about reduce your risk

Early detection

It is vitally important to detect cancer early so that treatment is likely to be more effective.
More about early detection

Workplace cancer

Occupational cancers are those that occur due to exposure to carcinogenic agents
More about workplace cancer

Other cancer information fact sheets are available on the following topics:

This page was last updated on: Monday, October 23, 2017