Updated on: Sep 25, 2023

Preventing Cancer


Cancer prevention means trying to avoid things that might cause cancer.

There are risk factors that you have control over. For example, the types of food you eat or the amount of exercise you get.

Learning more about preventing cancer can help you take action against cancer.


Did you know that between 30-50 percent of all cancer can be prevented (World Health Organization)? That means that the choices you make in your life can help you lower your risk of getting cancer.

Cancer Prevention
Help prevent cancer by making lifestyle choices that lower your risk.

Helpful Tools and Websites

Quitting SmokingCigarette Cost Calculator

Smokers Helpline
Cancer Care Ontario - Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Health Canada - Quitting Smoking
Eating WellCanada's Food Guide

Find a dietitian in Waterloo Wellington Region via the Dietitian Directory
Canadian Cancer Society - Eat Well
Sun SafetyWays to protect your skin - Canadian Cancer SocietyCanadian Cancer Society - Enjoy the Sun Safely
Physical Activity & ExerciseCanadian 24 hour Movement Guidelines

Tips to Get Active - Public Health Agency of Canada
YMCA - Programs Kitchener Waterloo

YMCA - Online Programs at Home

My CancerIQ

Learn about your risk for cancer

My CancerIQ is a website that can help you find out your risk of getting a certain type of cancer. My CancerIQ won’t tell you whether you’ll get cancer or not. My CancerIQ can help you focus on specific changes you can make to lower your cancer risk and live a healthier life.

The website has a number of online assessment tools (like a quiz) that are for certain types of cancer like:

  • Breast
  • Cervical
  • Colorectal (colon & rectum)
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • Melanoma

As you work through the assessments (quizzes), you’ll learn:

  • What factors help to keep your risk of cancer down
  • What factors raise your risk of getting cancer
  • What you can do to manage or lower your risk (helpful tools)
  • Learn whether you should be screened for particular types of cancer, such as colorectal, cervical and breast cancer. If screening is an option, your final report will link yos to screening resources in your community

How the assessment (quiz) works

  • You will be asked questions about things that may affect your risk
  • Your risk is based on studies of people age 40 and over who have no previous history of cancer. But everyone can benefit by learning more about their risk and getting a personal health action plan
  • Save, print or email your results to yourself or share them with your healthcare team
  • Your risk can change over time. Check back every so often to see whether there has been a change
  • This assessment (quiz) will not diagnose cancer
Learn about your risk for cancer by filling out My CancerIQ