Leukemia

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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 reducing cancer risk

Learn what you can do to reduce cancer risk.

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Cancer affects all Canadians but together we can reduce the burden by investing in research and prevention efforts. Learn about the impact of our funded research.

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