Achievements

World Cancer Research Fund International is the world’s leading authority on cancer prevention research related to diet, weight and physical activity.

We are a not-for-profit organisation that leads & unifies a network of cancer prevention charities with a global reach.

Since it began in 1982, the World Cancer Research Fund network has been a pioneer in research and health information on the link between food, nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of cancer.

We were the first organisation to:

  • Create awareness of the link between diet and cancer.
  • Specifically fund research into diet and cancer prevention.
  • Collate and interpret all the authoritative global research on the links between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer, and translate the findings into practical, clear, scientifically-proven recommendations on cancer prevention for use by health professionals, individuals and governments worldwide.

Following our comprehensive assessment of the global evidence on diet, physical activity, body weight and cancer risk - which was published in our 2007 Second Expert Report and resulted in our 10 Recommendations for Cancer Prevention - we can confidently raise awareness of the fact that about a third of the most common cancers can be prevented by following a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight.

Our world-renowned work:

  • Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective (published in 1997) – this was our first landmark Expert Report. It confirmed beyond doubt that our lifestyle choices have a big impact on cancer risk and was a catalyst for change that inspired further scientific research in this field.
  • Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective (published 2007) – is our Second Expert Report. It is the most comprehensive report ever published on the links between food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention and is based on the in-depth analysis of over 7,000 scientific studies published on cancer prevention over the last 50 years. A panel of 21 world-renowned scientists reviewed the research evidence and drew conclusions that led to our current Recommendations for Cancer Prevention.
  • Continuous Update Project – since the launch of our Second Expert Report in 2007, we have been collating the findings from all new cancer prevention research published around the world. Using the same rigorous methodology of our Second Expert Report, our Continuous Update Project analyses the findings of this cancer prevention research to ensure that our Recommendations for Cancer Prevention remain based on the most up-to-date evidence available.
  • Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention (published in 2009), is the first comprehensive analysis of why people practice particular eating and physical activity habits over a lifetime. This Policy Report provides advice and guidance for key groups, such as governments and workplaces, on what can be done to influence and change people’s lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of cancer.
  • NOURISHING – is the policy framework we developed in 2013 to promote healthy diets and reduce obesity. It is the only framework in the world that provides a regularly-updated, comprehensive list of policy actions that are being implemented around the world. It brings together the 10 areas where world governments need to take action to help to achieve the World Health Organization’s global target of reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases, including cancer, by 25% by 2025.
  • Food Policy Highlights from Around the World – launched May 2014, this is the first time any organisation has assessed and collated the most effective (robustly-designed and evidence-informed) food policy actions being implemented by countries