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Risk reduction strategies for cancer of unknown primary
Risk reduction is taking action to lower one’s risk of developing cancer. Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) represents a number of different types of cancer, so there isn’t a specific, known way to reduce the risk. However, certain changes in lifestyle can reduce the risk of many types of cancer, and so might reduce the risk of CUP.
Be a non-smoker and avoid second-hand smoke
Smoking, especially heavy, long-term smoking, increases the risk of developing many different types of cancer. If you smoke, get help to quit. Avoid second-hand smoke.
Be physically active and maintain a healthy body weight
Research shows that being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing several different types of cancer. Being physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight lowers the risk of cancer.
More information about reducing cancer risk
Learn about what you can do to reduce cancer risk.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.