Our Cancer Prevention Recommendations

Our analysis of global research shows that about a third of the most common cancers are preventable through a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity.

Click on our Cancer Prevention Recommendations below to find out more about them.

Body fatness

Keep weight low within the healthy range.

Physical activity

Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day, and sit less. 

Foods & drinks that promote weight gain

Avoid high-calorie foods and sugary drinks. 

Plant foods

Eat more grains, veg, fruit and beans.

Animal foods

Limit red meat and avoid processed meat. 

Alcoholic drinks

For cancer prevention, don’t drink alcohol. 

Preservation, processing & preparation

Eat less salt and avoid mouldy grains & cereals.

Dietary supplements

For cancer prevention, don’t rely on supplements. 


If you can, breastfeed your baby for six months. 

Cancer survivors

After cancer treatment, the best advice is to follow the Cancer Prevention Recommendations.