Reduce your risk of cancer

Take the challenge! Get inspired by Terry Fox and do what you can to prevent cancer. Did you know that half of all cancers can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices? These lifestyle choices are eating well, being active, and managing stressors.


Be active

Did you know that active living helps you to relax and sleep better by relieving stress and tension? It builds stamina and improves your concentration. And socially, it's a great way to make new friends or keep in touch with old ones.

Whether it's going for a walk after dinner, trying out an exercise class, or hiking the trails around SFU, try to stay active, and remember to have fun with it!

Be sun savvy

Did you know that more than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure? By following some simple steps like wearing a hat and sunblock (SPF 15 or higher), you can decrease your risk. More recommendations from the Canadian Cancer Society.


Screen for cancer

Many cancers are treatable if diagnosed early, so regular screenings are very important. Don't hesitate to visit your doctor should you notice any changes, such as any changes in the shape, size, or colours of warts or moles, a new or unusual lump or swelling, a sore that won't heal, and so forth. There are doctors available to SFU students at the Burnaby and Vancouver campuses.


Eat well

Research shows that 30-35% of all cancers can be prevented by eating well. This begins by eating a variety of foods each day to get the nutrients you need for preventing disease. To get you started on the path to healthy eating, check out SFU's nutrition blog, The Dish. You'll have the opportunity to ask your nutrition-related questions, peruse a vast network of resources, and have access to an array of dietitian-approved recipes and monthly nutrition topics.


Don't smoke

The risk of developing lung cancer increases sharply the more and the longer you smoke or are exposed to smoke -- even if this is just 'social' smoking. More information about smoking cessation options and resources.


More information about cancer prevention is available from the Canadian Cancer Society