Reducing your risk for leukemia
You may lower your risk of developing leukemia by doing the following.
Be a non-smoker
Not smoking is the best way to lower your risk of leukemia. Don’t start smoking. If you smoke, get help to quit. Quitting smoking lowers your risk of leukemia.
Maintain a healthy body weight
Some studies have shown that overweight and obesity may increase your risk of leukemia. You may lower your risk by having a healthy body weight. Eating well and being physically active can help you have a healthy body weight.
Avoid breathing in benzene and formaldehyde
Avoid or lower your long-term contact with benzene and formaldehyde to reduce your risk of leukemia.
More information about preventing cancer
Learn what you can do to prevent cancer.
Taking action against all cancers
The latest Canadian Cancer Statistics report found that of all newly diagnosed cancers in 2017, half are expected to be lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers. Learn what you can do to reduce the burden of cancer.