There are many ways you can reduce your risk of cancer.


Please select one of the areas below to learn more about reducing your risk.

Be Active

We could prevent about 1 in 12 cases of cancer in Alberta by being more active. Regular physical activity can lower your risk of breast, colorectal, lung, endometrial, ovarian and prostate cancer. 

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Drink Less Alcohol

Many people are surprised by the fact that alcohol increases the risk of at least 6 types of cancer including breast and colorectal. The less you drink, the lower your risk.  

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Eat Healthy

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fibre with not too much processed meat, red meat or salt can help reduce the risk of cancer for you and the people you care about.

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Get Screened

When breast, cervical and colorectal cancers are found early, we have the best chance of treating them. Screening can even help prevent cervical and colorectal cancer from happening altogether.

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Live Tobacco Free

If you smoke, quitting is the most important thing you can do to prevent cancer. More than 1 in 7 cases of cancer in Alberta are caused by tobacco use. We have tools to help you double your chances of living tobacco-free and prevent many types of cancer.

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Maintain a Healthy Weight

At least 7 different types of cancer are linked to excess body weight. About 4% of new cancer cases in Alberta could be prevented if we stay at a healthy weight throughout our lives.

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Prevent HPV Infections

Infections of the human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cancer in both men and women. Find out about HPV, the cancers it causes, and the steps you can take to protect yourself and your children.

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UV Rays Overview

Although you can’t control some skin cancer risk factors such as skin type and family history, exposure to dangerous ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is largely preventable—and in the case of indoor tanning, it’s entirely preventable.

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Other Risks

Some infections, using hormones (i.e. oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy) and exposure to environmental toxins or pollutants have all been linked to increased risks of certain types of cancer.

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Alberta Risk Factor Infographic

About 45% of cancer in Alberta is caused by factors we can change. This infographic shows the number of cancer cases in Alberta that are linked to modifiable factors.

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