No one wants to be diagnosed with cancer, or much worse die from it, but it is quickly becoming the number one cause of death throughout the United States. Based on current trends, cancer will surpass heart disease as the number-one preventable cause of death in the United States in just a few years. The battle to cure cancer has been going on for many years, and significant inroads have been made in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the disease, but one of the most promising areas has been a growing understanding of what can be done to reduce the risk of being diagnosed with this debilitating disease in the first place. Most people are aware of the need to eliminate smoking and to avoid excessive sun exposure in order to reduce their risk of cancer, but there are a number of additional things that can be done to reduce cancer risk, some of which may not be as well known. Eliminating tobacco use, following a proper diet, maintaining an appropriate weight and getting ample exercise are effective methodologies a person can utilize to significantly reduce their risk of being afflicted with cancer.