1.

Do not smoke. Do not use any form of tobacco.

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2.

Make your home smoke free. Support smoke-free policies in your workplace.

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3.

Take action to be a healthy body weight.

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4.

Be physically active in everyday life. Limit the time you spend sitting.

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5.

Have a healthy diet:

  • Eat plenty of whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits.
  • Limit high-calorie foods (foods high in sugar or fat) and avoid sugary drinks.
  • Avoid processed meat; limit red meat and foods high in salt.

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6.

If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention.

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7.

Avoid too much sun, especially for children. Use sun protection. Do not use sunbeds.

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8.

In the workplace, protect yourself against cancer-causing substances by following health and safety instructions.

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9.

Find out if you are exposed to radiation from naturally high radon levels in your home.
Take action to reduce high radon levels.

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10.

For women:

  • Breastfeeding reduces the mother’s cancer risk. If you can, breastfeed your baby.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases the risk of certain cancers. 
    Limit use of HRT.

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11.

Ensure your children take part in vaccination programmes for:

  • Hepatitis B (for newborns)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) (for girls).

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12.

Take part in organised cancer screening programmes for:

  • Bowel cancer (men and women)
  • Breast cancer (women)
  • Cervical cancer (women).

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