Second Expert Report

The most comprehensive book ever published on the links between food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention


In 2007, the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute of Cancer Research published the landmark Second Expert Report: Food, Nutrition, Physical activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. In total, about 200 scientists and other experts from around the world were involved.

The objective of the report was to systematically review and assess the worldwide body of evidence on food, nutrition, physical activity and 17 cancers and cancer survivors. Nine independent research teams identified 500,000 studies, of which 7,000 were found to be relevant. An Expert Panel of 21 world-renowned scientists reviewed the findings and made judgements based on the evidence. This comprehensive review resulted in the setting of public health goals and personal recommendations for cancer prevention.

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 for our Continuous Update Project. 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 Cancer Prevention Recommendations remain based on the most up-to-date evidence available.

Summaries of our Second Expert Report

Summaries of our Second Expert Report: Food, Nutrition, Physical activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective are available in eight different languages:


Corrections to Second Expert Report

Latest Research

The research evidence on breast, colorectal (bowel), pancreatic, endometrial (womb), ovarian, prostate, liver, gallbladderkidney, bladder, stomach and oesophageal cancers has been updated as part of our Continuous Update Project (CUP); these CUP reports replace the conclusions for these cancers from the Second Expert Report. A report analysing worldwide research on breast cancer survivors has also been published.