cancer prevention
Jessica Rees
Sustainability and Engagement Officer
2 minute read

Cancer Prevention Action Week takes place on 19th - 25th February 2024 every year. It aims to raise awareness about the ways we can reduce our risk of cancer.

Around 1,100 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every day, but 40% of these cancers can be preventable.

Based on scientific research by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), there are ways to reduce our risk of cancer and it can start with small consistent changes to our diets and keeping physical activity up.

The Great British Sarnie Swap

Research has shown that ultra-processed foods is associated with the risk of cancer as well as linked to higher greenhouse gases more than any other food group. Reducing the consumption of this can have a positive impact on our bodies and the environment.

The WCRF is encouraging people to improve their diet and eat less processed food items, especially processed meat such as ham. The WCRF have launched the ‘Great British Sarnie Swap' to help people cut out processed meats by suggesting protein alternatives, such as white meat, cheese, fish, veggie, and vegan options.

Take a look at the WCRF guide to try healthier sarnie options and check out some more lunch ideas here.

 

a chunky brown bread sandwich with veggie filling including cress

 

Keep active

Around 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week can help with the prevention of cancer and it's also great for your respiratory and cardiovascular system. This physical activity can include walking, running, swimming, cycling, and dancing.

Introducing these small changes over time will make a difference, like when travelling, you could take the bus halfway and walk the rest or cycle to your destination instead of driving (only if it's possible). Active travel also saves on carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment for healthier people.

 

2 people walking down a concrete path holding hiking sticks

 

 Do you want to go a step further? ACTIV8: EAT WELL, MOVE MORE

 WCRF has a free 8-week interactive programme that help you build healthy habits and lifestyle changes, helping you eat better and move more – see here for more info.