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Last Updated: Tuesday March 17 2009 17:04 GMT

Can I avoid getting cancer?


There are things you can do to help your body's cells keep healthy throughout your life.

Lots of them are about being sensible.

Remember: what you do when you are young can affect your health in good and bad ways when you are older.

Things you can do:

  • Don't smoke
  • Protect yourself in the sun
  • Eat a healthy diet - plenty of fruit and veg
  • Cut down on red meat
  • Don't drink too much alcohol
  • Keep your body at a healthy weight - not too skinny and not too fat!
  • Exercise
  • Be aware of changes on your body
  • Make sure you check yourself for unusual lumps
  • Get any suspicious lump or mark checked out by a doctor - do not be embarrassed! To them, bodies are just like car engines
  • Don't stress out!