Cancer causes and risk factors

Cancer causes and risk factors

The exact cause of cancer is yet unknown. Each person has a certain risk of developing cancer over their life time as risk increases with age. A combination of genes, lifestyle and environment can affect risk further. We are all able to control some of the risk factors.

Around 1 in 3 of the most common cancers could be prevented by:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Remaining physically active
  • Not smoking
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Taking care in the sun

More information can be found on the Macmillan website.

Support is available through your GP practice.