The secret to a long and healthy life can be achieved by following seven 'golden rules,' it's been unearthed today.
Experts have revealed seven simple steps for a healthy lifestyle, which can help cut your risk of cancer by half and reduce your chances of heart disease.
'Life's Simple 7' list comprised of being physically active, eating a healthy diet, keeping a healthy weight, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, keeping blood pressure down, regulating blood sugar levels and not smoking.
According to the study, which was conducted by the American Heart Association, adhering to at least six of the rules could dramatically reduce your risk of cancer - as much as 51 per cent.
Following four of the rules led to a 33 per cent risk reduction, while one or two would cut your chances by 21 per cent.
The study was conducted on 13,253 people over 20 years. At the start they were interviewed and examined to determine their health factors.
Around 20 years later, researchers reviewed hospital records and discovered 2,880 of the participants had cancer, primarily of the lung, colon, rectum, prostate and breast.
Interestingly, the study was originally compiled to ward off heart disease, but new research revealed these seven golden rules could also help prevent cancer.
Speaking about the findings, a lead researcher said they key message of the study was "It's never too late to change."
Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, of the University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said: "This adds to the very strong body of literature that it's never too late to change and that if you make changes like quitting smoking and improving your diet, you can reduce your risk for both cardiovascular disease and cancer."
The new findings follow on from a number of investigations into Brits' lifestyles, primarily into what we eat.
The horsemeat scandal recently uncovered the real content of some convenience meals, while another revealed the alarming amount of 'hidden salt' in our foods.
The investigations may have rocked faith in the food industry, but as top nutritionist Marilyn Glenville revealed - the fall-out is "brilliant" news for our health and waistlines.
She said: "It's a brilliant change. People are now paying more attention to the source of their foods and realising that if they cook it from scratch they'll know what's in there - rather than buying convenience meals."
A new survey confirmed there had been a dramatic change in Brit's shopping habits too, with many of us ditching convenience foods to go back to a healthier, basic diet.
Life's Simple 7:
1. Being physically active
2. Maintaining a healthy diet
3. Sticking to a healthy weight
4. Maintaining good cholestrol levels
5. Keeping blood pressure down
6. Regulating blood sugar levels
7. Not smoking