People are being urged to make simple lifestyle changes in 2019, as part of their New Year’s resolutions, to significantly lower their risk of cancer.

The Irish Cancer Society said that recent research from Trinity College Dublin found a link between obesity and the body’s ability to fight cancer, so advised that maintaining a healthy weight can make a world of difference to someone’s health and wellbeing.

About four in ten cancers are attributed to five lifestyle factors – tobacco, diet, overweight/obesity, alcohol and low physical activity – meaning that 40% of cancers are preventable.

This can be done by following the European Code against Cancer (visit at


Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said: “There is a growing awareness of cancer prevention in Ireland, and it’s positive that so many people are prepared to make changes to significantly reduce their risk of cancer.

"The number one thing people can do to improve their health and lower their risk of cancer is to quit smoking. Three in every ten cancers are caused by smoking and we would urge all smokers to make quitting their number one resolution in 2019.

“Another way people can reduce their risk is by getting physically active in 2019. We would advise people to limit their time sitting and aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. You could challenge yourself to get active in 2019 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Take on a trek, marathon, run or even an extreme challenge, and get fit while supporting people affected by cancer.”

To sign up for one of the Irish Cancer Society’s active challenges in 2019, or to get support in quitting smoking, simply log onto or