Healthy Lifestyle Choices

(Source: American Cancer Society)

Habits that (statically) Reduce Your risk of Getting Cancer

Stay Away from Tobacco.

  • There is no safe form of tobacco. If you smoke or chew tobacco, stop!  Encourage the people around you to quit. See ACS’s Guide to Quitting Smoking ( or Guide to Quitting Smokeless Tobacco to learn more about quitting.
  • Stay away from secondhand smoke.  It can cause cancer, as well as many additional health problems.

Maintain a Healthy Weight.

  • Being overweight can increase your risk of many types of cancer.  You can control your weight with the choices you make about healthy eating and exercise.  If you are overweight, losing even a small amount of weight has health benefits.
  • Exercise
    • Adults: Get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week.
    • Children and adolescents: Get at least 1 hour of exercise a day, with vigorous exercise at least 3 days a week.
  • Eat Healthily
    • Eat at least 2 ½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day.  They contain many vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and other good-for-you substances.  Vegetables and fruit are generally lower in fat and calories.  They can help you maintain a healthy weight, which helps reduce your cancer risk.
    • Choose while-grain bread, pasta, and cereal instead of processed grains.
    • Limit the amount of processed meats you eat (cold cuts, bacon, and hot dogs), and your intake of red meats. If you eat red meat, try lean meats and small portions.  Healthier choices of protein include: skinless poultry, fish, or legumes.
    • Eat small portions.

Limit Alcohol Consumption.

Men should have no more than 2 drinks per day and women should have no more than 1 drink per day. (A drink is 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 ½ ounces of 80 proof

distilled spirits.