Who we are

World Cancer Research Fund examines how diet, weight and physical activity affect your risk of developing and surviving cancer.

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> Our work
> Our values
> Our Expert Reports
> Our policy work
> Awareness raising
> How we operate

As part of an international network of charities, we have been funding life-saving research, influencing global public health policy and educating the public since 1982.

While society continues to search for a cure, our prevention and survival work is helping people to live longer, happier and healthier lives – free from the devastating effects of cancer.

Since 1990, World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has invested more than £100m in cancer prevention and survival research. And it’s all thanks to our amazing supporters!

Around 40% of cancers in the UK could be prevented – that’s nearly 147,000 cases every year. Eating a healthy diet, being more active each day and maintaining a healthy weight are, after not smoking, the most important ways you can reduce your cancer risk.

Our work

When World Cancer Research Fund was first established, scientific research into the link between diet and cancer was in its infancy. Since then the WCRF network has funded millions in cancer prevention research and awareness raising programmes.

Now all mainstream scientists accept that diet, weight and physical activity can affect our risk of cancer and people are more aware of how their lifestyle plays a role.

Our values

Evidence based

We are an authority on lifestyle related cancer research continuously learning and evaluating, so that we can deliver excellent outcomes.


Everyone counts – we value, respect and trust each other.


We are collaborative, engaged and focused on maximising impact in all that we do.


We are curious and creative; evolving and exploring so we can deliver solutions that make a real difference.


We make every day meaningful, building and sharing our knowledge and allowing our passion to shine through.

Our expert reports

In 1997, the WCRF network published a landmark Expert Report that confirmed lifestyle choices have a huge impact on cancer risk. Over the following 10 years we carried out more research and published our Second Expert Report in 2007. Building on these achievements, our panel of scientists has now analysed studies comprising 51 million people, of whom 3.5 million were diagnosed with cancer, and launched the findings in our Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective.

The report’s findings are summarised in our authoritative 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Over 20 independent studies show that the more closely you follow our Recommendations, the lower your risk of developing cancer.

Our policy work

We work to influence policymakers around the world to develop and implement effective policies to create environments that are conducive for people and communities to follow our Cancer Prevention Recommendations. We advocate the use of our NOURISHING framework that outlines a package of policies to promote healthy diets and reduce overweight, obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases, including cancer. The framework is accompanied by a policy database that holds examples of implemented government policy actions from around the world.

To accompany the Third Expert Report we published a policy brief, Driving action to prevent cancer and other non-communicable diseases. The brief builds on the policy implications of the Third Expert Report and outlines how the new policy framework can help governments take a comprehensive approach to promoting healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reducing alcohol consumption.

Awareness raising

We are committed to funding and interpreting cancer prevention research so that we can deliver practical guidance to the public, health workers and key organisations throughout the world.

We are also focused on our ongoing Global Cancer Update Programme, which consistently analyses the latest research so that we can deliver trustworthy cancer prevention advice based on the most up-to-date evidence to help people live cancer-free lives.

How we operate

WCRF is registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales (Registration Charity No. 1000739). Around 95% of our funding comes from the UK public, with the remainder from business, trusts and foundations.

WCRF is registered with the Fundraising Regulator and fully adheres to the Fundraising Code of Practice, which means we’re committed to fundraising practices that are open, fair, honest and legal.