What you can do

The risk of many cancers can be reduced by a healthy lifestyle and environment.

You can reduce your risk by:

  • Being Smokefree
  • Eating a diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fat and sugar
  • Being a healthy weight
  • Being regularly physically active
  • Following lower risk guidelines if you drink alcohol
  • Being SunSmart - avoiding over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun and sun beds
  • Undertaking recommended screening for different cancers.

 

What is cancer?

What is cancer?

What is cancer, how does it behave in our bodies, how does it develop and spread, and the difference between benign and malignant tumours?

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Alcohol and cancer

Alcohol and cancer

Information about the risks of drinking alcohol. The parts of the body most affected by alcohol are upper throat, voice-box, food-pipe, bowel, liver and breast (in women).

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SunSmart

SunSmart

We encourage all New Zealanders to be SunSmart and to 'slip, slop, slap and wrap.'

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Nutrition and physical activity

Nutrition and physical activity

An explanation of how and why healthy eating and regular exercise can reduce the risk of cancer. There is plenty of evidence now to support this. The article contains a number of links to resource sheets and brochures on the subjects.

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Smokefree

Smokefree

The Government has set a goal for New Zealand to be smokefree by 2025 (in essence this means less than 5% of the population will smoke).

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Cancer screening and early detection

Cancer screening and early detection

Information from the New Zealand Cancer Society about cancer screening and early detection

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Cancer risks in your environment

Cancer risks in your environment

Cancer risks in the environment

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