Good nutrition can reduce your chance of developing cancer, as well as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other serious illness. Find out more about the link between nutrition and cancer.
Choosing healthy food also helps you to stay in a healthy weight range for your height. Eating more than you need increases your risk of becoming overweight or obese, which is associated with a range of health problems, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
While eating well can help to protect us against a number of cancers, it's important to know that there is no single food that can protect against cancer, therefore a wide variety of healthy food is recommended.
What does a healthy diet look like?
Eating well means enjoying a wide variety of foods and drinks from the five main food groups, and knowing what to limit or avoid. Cancer Council WA supports recommendations in The Australian Dietary Guidelines (developed by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing).
Download our brochure on nutrition and cancer.
What's the link between different foods and cancer risk?
- Fruit and vegetables
- Wholegrain foods
- Meat and meat alternatives
- Dairy foods
- Junk foods and sugary drinks
- Coffee, tea and hot beverages
- Food additives
- Food and cancer FAQs - includes information on alkaline foods, the ketogenic diet, probiotics, soy, sugar, superfoods, vegan diets and vitamin C
Other nutrients to consider when selecting a healthy diet include:
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