Preventing Cancer

By living a healthy and active lifestyle, you can reduce your risk of getting cancer. Make a difference in your health now. Take the following eight prevention steps to help reduce your risk:

1. Live smoke-free – Living smoke-free is one of  the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of getting cancer. Check our Quit Smoking (Smoking Cessation) page to learn more about smoking, your risk for cancer and resources to help you quit smoking.

2. Eat a healthy diet – A nutritious, well-balanced diet and good eating habits help you maintain a healthy body weight and in turn, reduce your risk of developing cancer. To learn more, visit

3. Be active – For health benefits, get two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) of aerobic physical activity each week. This can be done in 10 minute stints. You should also incorporate muscle strengthening and balance activities. Learn more about how to increase your physical activity.

4. Limit alcohol – Alcohol increases your risk of developing many types of cancers. The less alcohol you drink, the more you will reduce your risk. Learn more about the link between alcohol and cancer and how you can reduce this risk.

5. Get the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine – HPV is responsible for almost 100 per cent of all cervical cancers. Learn how you can prevent HPV infections and about getting an HPV shot or vaccination to prevent this virus.

6. Practice sun safety – Canadian sun safety guidelines recommend staying out of the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., covering up when in the sun and wearing sunscreen. Learn more about these and other sun safety guidelines.

7. Reduce your contact with harmful materials or environmental risks  Learn what substances could be linked to cancer in your home, work or other environments and take steps to limit your contact with them.

8. Get screened for cancer – Screening can find cancer before symptoms are noticed or abnormal growths become cancerous. Check our Screening  page to learn about screening and Ontario’s programs to help.

What’s Your Plan?

Take these interactive quizzes to learn about your risk of getting cancer and how you can help stop it before it starts.

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Take the MyCancer IQ quiz to learn your risk of getting six different types of cancers and take action against cancer.
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Learn about cancer and how to stop it before it starts.

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