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Recommendations for Cancer Prevention

These ten recommendations for cancer prevention are drawn from the WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report. Each recommendation links to more details.

  1. Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
  2. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
  3. Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods.
  4. Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.
  5. Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
  6. If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
  7. Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
  8. Don't use supplements to protect against cancer.
  9. * It is best for mothers to breastfeed exclusively for up to 6 months and then add other liquids and foods.
  10. * After treatment, cancer survivors should follow the recommendations for cancer prevention.

*Special Population Recommendations

And always remember – do not smoke or chew tobacco.

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Publication Date:
November 2007

The Second Expert Report

Visit dietandcancerreport.org to read the WCRF/AICR's landmark second expert report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective, and buy your copy of the full report. The report also includes a CD that contains a complete bibliography and presentation of the data. It can be used to follow the analysis and conclusions of the Expert Report.

The second expert report is a project of WCRF International.

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