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Cancer prevention is an important factor in lessening the impact of cancer on the community. Many cancer cases are linked to lifestyle risk factors.

Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing alcohol intake, minimising sun exposure, and quitting smoking are the best ways to reduce cancer.

Many Australians underestimate the impact poor lifestyle choices can have. Along with making adjustments to your exercise and diet, significant reductions in cancer risk can be made by quitting smoking and minimising exposure to UV.

Smoking is the greatest avoidable risk factor for cancer deaths worldwide. 

Public health campaigns have changed the general public’s views on smoking over the years, but around 15 per cent of adults in NSW continue to smoke.

Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing alcohol intake, minimising sun exposure, and quitting smoking are the best ways to reduce cancer.    

The NSW Cancer Plan includes a number of important strategies to reduce: 

  • smoking 
  • overexposure to the sun
  • lifestyle factors.