Preventing cancer

What steps can I take to lower my risk of cancer?

Did you know that 1 in 3 cancers are linked to lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking, diet and being overweight? All things we have the power to change.

You can lower your chances of cancer by:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Drinking less alcohol
  • Eating well
  • Moving more
  • Being safe in the sun

Find out how Live Well Greenwich can support you to make healthy changes to your lifestyle.

More people are surviving cancer because of better treatments and early detection. This is because diagnosing cancer in its earlier stages often makes it easier to treat, meaning the chances of recovering are much better.

To improve your chances of spotting cancer early it’s really important to:

  • Pay attention to and be on the lookout for differences or persistent changes in your body
  • Attend cancer screening tests

Cancer screening tests can help detect cancer before any symptoms appear and sometimes also prevent cancer from developing in the first place – so don’t put it off.


Seek advice

If you are concerned about any changes in your body such as an unusual lump, unexplained fatigue or weight loss, don’t self-diagnose or wait and see – visit your GP as soon as possible.

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For information and help on living a healthy lifestyle and protecting your health explore Live Well Greenwich.