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Diet, healthy eating and cancer

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can reduce your risk of cancer.Experts think that nearly one in ten UK cancer cases are caused by unhealthy diets.

Our diet influences our risk of many cancers, including cancers of the bowel, stomach, mouth, foodpipe and breast.

You can reduce your cancer risk by eating a healthy, balanced diet that is:


There are often stories in the media about specific foods or "anti-cancer diets" that are meant to be particularly good for us. But you shouldn’t rely on so-called superfoods to reduce the risk of cancer. They cannot substitute for an general healthy, balanced diet. 

Read our take on the evidence in Cancer Controversies.

Ten Top Tips

Cancer Research UK and Weight Concern have joined forces to develop Ten Top Tips for a healthy weight. These tips have been designed to fit into your daily life and are based on the best scientific evidence.

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Updated: 10 May 2012