Is there a diet to prevent and treat cancer?

We know healthy eating is a proven step you can take to reduce your risk of getting cancer later on in life. Cancers linked with a poor diet are mainly those of the digestive system, include oesophagus, stomach, and bowel.

If you have cancer, it’s vital to try to continue eating well. A healthy, balanced diet will help give you the nutrients you need, and help you body fight disease.

What are the best preventative measures I can take?

The best lifestyle-related preventative measures include following a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting involved in regular physical activity. For more information see the Australian Dietary Guidelines and contact your local APD for individualised information.

People with cancer should speak to their doctor and see an APD before making any changes to their diet to minimise any potential risks to their health. Cancer sufferers are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, and cutting out foods may cause more harm than good. We support evidence-based nutrition support for those with cancer, which is best sought from an APD. For more information, take a look at the Cancer Council Australia website.

An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can provide further expert advice on the best types of foods to include in your healthy eating plan.