Early detection and cancer prevention

Lifestyle and cancer prevention

Smoking and cancer

Stopping smoking is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer and other major illnesses.

Every cigarette you don't smoke is doing you good. You will be able to feel the benefits of stopping smoking within hours and days.

You could also save thousands of dollars a year.

Stopping smoking can be difficult but with the right support you'll be able to quit for good.

Find out more information about getting help to quit smoking.

Eat well, keep fit and cut down on alcohol

Eating healthy food, especially fruit and vegetables, will make you feel better, increase your energy and help protect you against serious illnesses.

It is recommended you eat at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables each day.

Most Territorians only eat half of their recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables.

You should do all of the following:

  • maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) - between 18.5 and 25 is recommended for adults
  • do regular physical exercise - 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day can help reduce your risk of cancer
  • eat a healthy balanced diet that includes fruit and vegetables, wholegrain cereals, low salt, lean meat and reduced fat dairy products
  • avoid eating too many processed foods that are high in fat and salt
  • only eat takeaways in moderation
  • either avoid or limit the amount of alcohol you drink to two standard drinks a day.

Find out more information on exercise and healthy living and keeping a healthy weight.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017