MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHTBeing overweight increases the risk of 10 cancers including bowel, breast, liver and advanced prostate tumours.
It’s well known being active is good for the heart and lungs – but it can also reduce your risk of cancer.
Research shows it has a direct role in preventing some cancers like bowel, breast and womb cancer.
EAT YOUR GREENS
Eating a plant-based diet, rich in vegetables, fruits, wholegrains and pulses can help keep cancer at bay, the charity said.
Vegetables and fruits probably reduce the risk of mouth and throat, oesophagus, stomach and lung cancer.
DRINK LESS ALCOHOL
Alcohol is linked mouth and throat, oesophagus, liver, bowel and breast cancer.
Leading experts advise avoiding drinking alcohol as much as possible to help prevent cancer.
They say men should aim for no more than two drinks and women should drink no more than one alcoholic drink a day.
AVOID FIZZY DRINKS AND CUT OUT JUNK FOOD
Eating a lot of high-calorie food increases a person’s cancer risk because they are more likely to become overweight or obese if they eat a lot of them.
High calorie foods include chocolate, crisps, chips, biscuits, fast food (like burgers or fried chicken).
Fizzy drinks, energy drinks, squashes, milkshakes and frappes are also high in calories.
Natural fruit juice also contains a lot of sugar, so it’s best not to drink more than one glass a day, experts recommend.
CUT DOWN ON SALT
Salt may enhance the flavour of a meal, but it also raises the risk of high blood pressure and stomach cancer.
Scientists believe it is linked to cancer because it damages the stomach’s lining.
SAY NO TO SAUSAGES AND BACON
Not only do processed meats contain a lot of salt, there is ‘strong’ evidence eating a lot of these foods increases the risk of bowel cancer.
One possible reason for this is that the compound that gives red meat its colour, haem, may damage the lining of the bowel.
DON’T RELY ON VITAMINS
Most people take vitamin and mineral tablets with the best of intentions – but some high dose supplements can actually harm our health.
BREASTFEED YOUR BABY
Breastfeeding helps mothers lose any excess baby weight more quickly, reducing the risk of breast cancer.
KICK THE HABIT
Quitting smoking is the most important thing a person can do to reduce their risk of cancer, the World Cancer Research Fund said.
Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England, accounting for more than 80,000 deaths each year. One in two smokers will die from a smoking-related disease.