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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 preventing cancer
Learn what you can do to prevent cancer.
I was in total shock when I heard the diagnosis of cancer. Cancer to me was an adult’s disease. Being a 13-year-old teenager, it certainly wasn’t even on my radar.
What’s the lifetime risk of getting cancer?
The latest Canadian Cancer Statistics report shows about half of Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.