More than 30 percent of newly diagnosed cancers could be prevented by a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity, a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and alcohol, and appropriate sun protection. For people who have survived cancer, a healthy lifestyle can also help to improve quality of life, to better manage side effects and, for certain tumors, reduce the risk of reoccurrence.
Scientists at the NCT use state-of-the-art methods to identify risk factors for cancer and develop strategies for its prevention.
One focus in Dresden is to teachg children proper sun protection behaviour. The NCT/UCC Prevention Center is a partner in the CLEVER IN SUN AND SHADE campaign. The nationwide programmes are specifically designed for daycare children, after-school childcare and primary schools as well as sports-oriented schools. Almost 1,500 facilities took part in the project for daycare centers in 2020.