Our Cancer Prevention Recommendations

Our Recommendations are based on robust, up-to-date scientific research

Be a healthy weight

Keep your weight within the healthy range and avoid weight gain in adult life.

Be physically active

Be physically active as part of everyday life – walk more and sit less.

Eat a diet rich in wholegrains, veg, fruit and beans

Make wholegrains, vegetables, fruit, and pulses (legumes) such as beans and lentils a major part of your usual daily diet.

Limit consumption of ‘fast foods’ and other processed foods high in fat, starches or sugars

Limiting these foods helps control calorie intake and maintain a healthy weight.

Limit consumption of red and processed meat

Eat no more than moderate amounts of red meat, such as beef, pork and lamb. Eat little, if any, processed meat.

Limit consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks

Drink mostly water and unsweetened drinks.

Limit alcohol consumption

For cancer prevention, it’s best not to drink alcohol.

Do not use supplements for cancer prevention

Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone.

Special populations

For mothers: breastfeed your baby, if you can

Breastfeeding is good for both mother and baby.

After a cancer diagnosis: follow our Recommendations, if you can

Check with your health professional what is right for you.

  • Not smoking and avoiding other exposure to tobacco and excess sun are also important in reducing cancer risk. 
  • Following these Recommendations is likely to reduce intakes of salt, saturated and trans fats, which together will help prevent other non-communicable diseases.