10 Lifestyle Tips for Cancer Prevention

Oct. 28, 2008 — Looking for ways to cut your risk of developing cancer? Here’s a list of 10 diet and activity recommendations highlighted this week in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

  • Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • Avoid sugary drinks, and limit consumption of high-calorie foods, especially those low in fiber and rich in fat or added sugar.
  • Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes (such as beans).
  • Limit consumption of red meats (including beef, pork, and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
  • If you drink alcohol, limit your daily intake to two drinks for men and one drink for women.
  • Limit consumption of salty foods and food processed with salt (sodium).
  • Don’t use supplements to try to protect against cancer.
  • It’s best for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for up to six months and then add other liquids and foods.
  • After treatment, cancer survivors should follow the recommendations for cancerprevention.

At the ADA meeting, experts provided practical tips for following those recommendations, which were issued last year by the nonprofit American Institute for Cancer Research and its sister organization, the World Cancer Research Fund International.

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