Keir starmer campaigning
| 09 July 2024
With the General Election resulting in a definitive win for the Labour party, Jennifer O’Mara, our Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, looks at what the new government should aim to achieve to tackle cancer in the UK.
Michelle Lewis was part of World Cancer Research Fund's 2023 London Marathon team. She's now run an amazing 20 marathons for charity and shares how she reached this milestone – and how you can achieve your running ambitions
With exciting new treatments, especially in the fields of immunology and vaccines, are we getting closer to finding a cure for cancer?
Ahead of the General Election next month, we've created a must-do list to address devastating rates of cancer in the UK. Senior Public Affairs Officer Jennifer O’Mara shares what needs to happen in the first 100 days and first year of the next government.
Whether you're pulling, pushing, bending or stretching, gardening is great exercise. Nicola Deschamps explores all the benefits to your body.
Geoff Simmons visited a community enterprise in south-west London to find out how they’re making good food available to everyone.
Raffaella Masselli, our Health Information Officer, shares why it’s so good for us to get moving and get outside – whatever the weather.
The benefits of mind-body exercises such as yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi and Pilates are sometimes overlooked in our desire to get fit quick.
As part of our series reviewing media that could inspire your journey to better health in 2024, Mélanie Marks Purnode tries out the Yuka app.
As part of our series reviewing media that could inspire your journey to better health in 2024, Diana Mackie reads Anticancer: A New Way of Life.
As part of our series reviewing media that could inspire your journey to better health in 2024, Marianne Kellner listens to The Diary Of A CEO.
As part of our series reviewing media that could inspire your journey to better health in 2024, Penny Woods reads Ultra-Processed People.
As part of our series reviewing media that could inspire your journey to better health in 2024, Rob Mansfield listens to the Zoe Health podcast.
What is mindful eating? Our expert Raffaella Masselli explains how to eat mindfully, and what the 5 'Ss' of mindful eating are.
Children eat more than 1,300 school dinners during the primary years and many of us remember the good – and the bad. We asked staff and supporters – plus a dinner lady – to share their thoughts.
Matt Lambert, WCRF nutritionist, gives advice on a healthy vegan diet for Veganuary
Sales of alcohol-free or lower alcohol drinks continue to rise, with low-alcohol beers proving especially popular. But are they a healthy alternative? We asked Matt Lambert, nutritionist at World Cancer Research Fund, for the lowdown.
Raffaella Masselli's Christmas feast is a festive fusion, embracing the best of South African and Italian tastes.
For many people, Christmas dinner is not complete without a side helping of brussels sprouts. But if you’re not a convert, perhaps these health benefits will convince you to give them a second chance.
Fruit pouches are easy to use and many have health claims on the packet. But are they as healthy as they claim, and how often should babies, toddlers and young children eat them?
From instant mash to flexitarians, food has changed massively since the 1980s. But we're not always eating more healthily, which is where our evidence on diet and cancer can make a difference.
Sleep is vital for a healthy life. But what are the risks if you can’t get a good night’s sleep? We look at the evidence and share top tips for sleeping well
Whether you swap Zoom for Zumba or are a ballroom beginner, dance is a fun, social way of staying active – which is great for our minds and our bodies.
Seasonal affective disorder can make us struggle during the winter months. The good news is there are things you can do to reduce the impact of SAD – any many of them will reduce your cancer risk, too.
To celebrate World Pasta Day, we've pulled together some of our favourite healthy recipes to inspire you!
Find out the tricks that supermarkets use to make us buy too much junk food, and check out our dietitian’s tips for a more mindful shop.
Worried about bucketloads of sugar at Halloween? The spooky season can mean treat overload, but we pull out a few tricks to help you have a healthy Halloween – and they work for the rest of the year too!
Should we take vitamins or are we doing more harm than good? Health expert Matt Lambert looks at the evidence for adding pills to your diet and whether supplements affect your risk of cancer.
Our ideas will show you how to build healthy lunches that help your child feel full and keep them energised throughout the day.
Turn your thumbs purple and lift your spirits with Geoff Simmons' guide to fruit foraging and what to do with your crop.
There's nothing quite like a refreshing cold drink on a hot summer’s day. When the weather’s warm and your thirst kicks in, it's better to choose healthier options to keep hydrated.
By eating and drinking mindfully, making use of the free time to be more active, and replenishing your body through sleep, you could come back from holiday as a healthier you.
In a brief interaction, it can be difficult for health professionals to know whether the information given to people is having an impact.
Top ideas for delicious picnic food – no soggy sandwiches – plus a checklist of what to pack for the perfect day of al fresco family fun.
There are millions of Insta, Twitter and Facebook accounts all claiming to help you lose weight, eat better or find a miracle in your lunchbox. Courtney Savage chooses accounts you can trust.
Any exercise helps reduce our risk of cancer, as well as many other benefits, so why not consider a holiday that’s all about fitness and fun?
The NHS, the Chief Medical Officer, and the World Health Organization all say most of us should be much more active. Here’s how to start moving more without even thinking (much) about it.
Misleading information on the clear harm alcohol does has led many people to underestimate its dangers.
Junk food is designed to make us want to eat it again and again. But these recipes from expert nutritionists can help you enjoy much healthier alternatives
More people in the UK are developing cancer. To support our work in changing that trend, our brand needs to be more recognised, focused and bolder.
Ever heard of a bao bun, or wondered what one is? Mélanie delves into its origins, tries to make them and explores different delicious fillings.
Evidence shows that children living with overweight and obesity now risk serious life-limiting and life-threatening health problems later in life. What’s being done?
Whether we call it junk food, fast food, takeaways or ‘treats’, everyone in the UK eats food that is tasty but low in nutritional value
Plant-based food replicates the taste of nuggets, burgers & sausages using plants or fungus. They're increasingly popular – but are they any healthier?
Most pizza is ultra-processed – and we should eat less of this type of food. But if you make your own, it can be a much healthier choice and the possibilities are endless.
Study on skin cancer finds patients who followed a Mediterranean diet more closely benefited most from treatment.
Exercise snacking is a new approach to physical activity, which focuses on short bursts a couple of times a day, rather than, say, going on a run or heading to the gym for an hour.
Whether you want to cut down on meat products to benefit the environment or you want to eat more plant foods for your health, your vegetarian and vegan choices could cut your cancer risk, too
Popchoir were the No1 act in town last month with a concert-ed effort to raise lots of money for World Cancer Research Fund while singing pop classics to commuters
With our recipes for children to enjoy eating and cooking, Eat Move Learn programme for families, and Family flavours cookbook, your children will love learning about food
If you rely on tomatoes and salad to get your 5 A DAY then the current shortage of fresh vegetables in UK shops could be a problem – but there are many healthy options still available
As part of Cancer Prevention Action Week 2023, we’re encouraging people to eat less processed meat and choose something healthier. Ditch and switch!
Prof Clare Collins explains how what we eat can dramatically affect our mood, and reveals the many long- and short-term benefits of eating well
Even when you're struggling with the cost of living, our tips – and free cookbook – can help you enjoy a nutritious meal for less
Just 6 cancer types are responsible for almost half of cancer deaths in the UK. So why do they get less research funding?
Despite what industry adverts want you to think, alcohol spreads more harm than happiness
Our Research and Health Information teams support a wide range of health professionals in sharing our cancer prevention message. Find out more about this area of our work.
Are you a health nut? Many people opt to snack on almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, pecans and Brazil nuts, so we examine the health benefits
What wins your vote for Christmas vegetable?
Did you know that around a third of mouth cancers are linked to an unhealthy diet? For Mouth Cancer Action Month, we explore all the causes
The Cancer Care Map, run by The Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund, is a simple online directory that helps people find cancer support services in their local area.
For Sugar Awareness Week, we’re sharing 10 tips from nutritionists to help you avoid processed sugar at breakfast, and instead enjoy a healthy start to the day
After breast cancer treatment some women find that they have gained weight. We explore the causes and how health professionals can help.
Our expert looks at gut organisms and shares her top tips for how you can improve the health of your gut
Nikki Bednall was treated for breast cancer in 2017 and is an advocate for World Cancer Research Fund's healthy living Recommendations
Fundraisers taking part in an event
| 01 October 2022
We’re lucky enough to have a number of dedicated people taking part in events and raising money for World Cancer Research Fund. Here are just a few of our amazing supporters
Fascinating insights into the new cancer incidence, mortality & survival data from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
New research in The Lancet quantifies cancer risk factors for countries around the world, across age, sex and over time
Are kids' yoghurts healthy? What about processed fruit snacks? Is all bread equally healthy? Expert nutritionist Anne Betty answers all this and more
Does 1 pizza serve just you … or 3 other people? We went shopping to find out how much a portion of pizza, cheesecake or crisps really is
Our healthy summer recipes will help your Platinum Jubilee event go royally. Plus we look back to what people were eating when Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne.
June 2023: The UK government has delayed legislation to ban junk food multi-buy deals until October 2025. What will the impact of this delay be and why is it so important?
Black African and Caribbean people have a higher risk of developing heart disease and some cancers. So why does health advice not include common African and Caribbean food?
The benefits of being active are clear. But if you're one of those (many) people who lack the motivation to exercise, read on for top tips to get you moving
We know that people who live with overweight or obesity have a higher risk of cancer. So why are we funding more research into the links?
You may be eating more salt than you realise because of hidden salt in our food. We examine the health risks around salt and cancer.
With nearly half of pregnancies unplanned, the UK has decided to fortify flour with folic acid to reduce the risk of certain defects in babies
There are many benefits to having a well-stocked store cupboard, chock full of essentials such as tinned tomatoes, pasta, tinned tuna, rice and lentils.
Beans, peas and lentils are often overlooked as a common ingredient – we're here to demystify one of the powerhouses of your store cupboard
When we talk about anything that's personal and emotional – such as cancer – the words we use matter
Confusion persists about the safety – and benefits – of drinking coffee, especially in relation to cancer. So what's the latest evidence? 
Have you ever tried to lose weight? Have you ever been tempted to try a fad diet that promises rapid weight loss – often without much effort from you?
Bolton Cancer Voices have found a way to embrace living with cancer through song. We met their founder, Karen Elliott, to find out more
Can a person with cancer have a massage? Can massage spread cancer? We asked expert John Holman to explain oncology massage and answer people's fears.
You may be surprised by the number of calories in a Christmas dinner – but there are hidden health benefits to turkey with all the trimmings
Men have to stop ignoring medical symptoms – early intervention can save lives
All you need to know about fats and oils, including the difference between saturated and unsaturated, the healthiest oil for salad dressings and the best oil for cooking
A study claims that eating 2 mushrooms a day can halve your risk of cancer. Is the research too good to be true?
Former Wimbledon player Dave Willis shares his love of playing the beautiful game – at a slower pace
Almost 17,000 new cancer cases in the UK were linked to alcohol in 2020 – that’s around 46 new diagnoses every day.
The National Food Strategy, commissioned by the UK government, recommends ways to shake up how food is produced and the kinds of diets most people eat
Mystery and misinformation surround the menopause, especially when it comes to hormone replacement therapy
Move over 5 A DAY, there’s a new healthy eating goal in town – do you eat 30 different plant-based foods a week?
It's not easy to know what to believe about cancer. We asked a doctor to look at 6 myths and examine the evidence
If you're ready to invite people over again, here are ideas for a new-look BBQ menu
Healthier eating can also mean a healthier wallet. Make your meals go further with our tips for affordable eating.
Are you confused by what traffic light symbols on food packaging actually mean? Our quick guide can help you
Top tips, tried and tested by experts, to make your home baking healthier and help you eat less fat, sugar and salt
From organic food to artificial sweeteners, we separate fact from fiction
From sautéing to steaming, our guide to the healthiest ways to cook will help you get the best out of food and retain essential nutrients
We often hear about a balanced diet but what does it really mean? Our experts reveal what – and how much – you should eat from each food group
Recent research has looked into using diet therapy to ‘starve’ cancer cells of energy. But what does the science show?
The Eatwell Guide from Public Health England says a healthy diet should now include even more fruit, veg and fibre-rich starchy carbohydrates
Going back to pubs and socialising with friends and family doesn't have to mean unhealthy living
Expert nutritionist Clare Collins explains what you need to include in a balanced diet, and why it's so important
We’ve been busy with the charcoal to come up with some brand-new recipes to spice up your barbecue this summer
How to make the most of leftovers and keep fruit fresh for longer
Exercise shouldn't be a scary word for older adults. It can make us stronger, more independent AND help to reduce cancer risk
With walking one of the few outdoor activities that's OK during lockdown, Geoff shares how he's inspiring people in his local area
The combination of job losses, money problems and health worries are all contributing to an increase in stress levels.
Our expert oncology dietitian explores whether a vegan diet is safe for people living with and beyond cancer
Read about Junior Cooks Club – our new collaboration with Cook School
Charlotte’s ideas on getting kids to eat their 5-A-DAY
'Hell-thy' alternatives to traditional, sugary, Halloween snacks
If your child is a picky eater, advice from our expert nutritionist Charlotte can help
How it feels to run your first marathon without the crowds
What is the correct portion size for a child? An award-winning nutritionist explains
Cook it! Move it! Grow it! Learn it! with Mixer, Flower, Pedal and Searcher
What influences the food we eat and how much exercise we do?
A look back over 30 years of public health campaigns
We’ve learnt a lot in 30 years. Melissa takes a look at the progress we have made towards understanding cancer prevention
Today, the UK government has announced plans on how it hopes to tackle the obesity crisis
Do you want to be more active again?
Why our new e-Learning course is a must for health professionals
George McCann with his father in front of a McCann's fruit stand
| 10 June 2020
This Father's Day we want to give a shout-out to your dad!
The NHS Couch to 5K app is a great way for anyone to become a runner
Ever thought, ‘what do dietitians do?’ Marina gives us an insight
Choosing the wrong type of snacks can lead to an unhealthy diet, so here are our top tips for smart snacking
Tips for avoiding excess food and alcohol during times of stress
Cook it, snap it, pass it on!
Want to be part of something bigger?
What are the links between obesity and COVID-19?
Try out these exercises in and around your home to stay active during the coronavirus pandemic
Easter-themed activities for kids of all ages
Self-isolation with children will be easier with these great activity ideas
Giving you a chance to honour your Mum wherever you are
Reliable sources of information on what steps we should all be taking to protect ourselves and others
Our nutrition expert, Matt, gives the lowdown on vitamin C
Caroline Cerny shares insights on the junk food marketing industry
In vino veritas? This Dry January, Isobel explores how bigger glasses and stronger wines are upping our alcohol intake
Cook these recipes for your party guests this Christmas, and give your guests the gift of flavour!
Six truths about what causes or prevents cancer
After spending the day at a computer, it’s wonderful to be back in the saddle
Why we shouldn't bring home the bacon after all
Matt Lambert takes a look at the UK’s updated physical activity guidelines
Changing your habits can be hard and Sidonie explains why
James Radford and Carl Villiers fundraising for WCRF
| 12 September 2019
After my wedding day – not having my mum there to enjoy it was heart wrenching – I decided that I wanted to help
Encouraging exercise among people with a cancer diagnosis
Fish and bowel cancer were in the headlines last week. Our resident nutritionist gives us the inside scoop
Who is Glenn, the man accompanying Patrick McIntosh to Tokyo?
Paul Brennan, one of our researchers, investigates whether drinking hot tea increases the risk of oesophageal cancer
The sun causes skin cancer, so why are we still sunbathing?
Do people really know what causes cancer? Or care? We took to the streets and surveyed the nation to find out
Thursday 2 July 2015. The day my world fell apart. The day I was diagnosed with leukaemia.
The UK has changed its tune on fish, meaning tuna no longer counts as one of your recommended portions of oily fish
Follow our snacking tips for topping up on healthy nutrients
A bestselling author’s very personal take on alcohol culture in the UK
We’ve created an easy online quiz, our Cancer Health Check
Get your mornings off to a great start with our healthy breakfast tips and ideas
Want to get involved in Sugar Awareness Week, but not sure where to start? Here's some tips to help you reduce your sugar intake.
We’re often asked whether soy products affect a person’s risk of cancer – with mixed beliefs about whether it will...
Fish can be an important part of a healthy diet and help you eat less red meat – we show you how to grill, poach, bake, steam and stir fry fish
We know that drinking alcohol increases the risk of several cancers, but surely just one drink a day won’t hurt, right? Actually it could – evidence from our new report shows that even moderate drinkers are putting themselves at an increased risk of breast cancer.
5 A DAY explained including does fruit juice count? What about baked beans, potatoes and raisins? And is it OK to eat 5 fruit and no veg?
A mineral found in Brazil nuts may play a role in the prevention of prostate cancer progression, a study funded by World Cancer Research Fund has found.
You may have seen some headlines recently on how overcooking starchy foods, like toast, chips or roast potatoes, can increase your cancer risk. We wanted to look at the evidence, to see if we should dial back the toaster and rethink our roasties.
Like so many people, drinking alcohol used to be the main way I socialised. I’d meet up with friends in the pub during the week over a glass of wine or two and went out drinking most weekend nights. In 2016, I decided to make a change.
We know that eating too much red meat can increase our risk of bowel cancer – but what can we eat instead?
Whether we work in health or not, we’re all aware of the familiar list of excuses that people give for why they struggle to be healthier – and often catch ourselves using them too!
Rates of cancers of the mouth are increasing worldwide due to an increase in those cancers that are linked to a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV).
Satisfy your takeaway cravings with these tasty and nutritionist-approved favourites
A recent article questioned whether frozen food is better than fresh, as the ‘freezing process might better preserve vitamins and minerals’.
If we believe recent, excited headlines that scream ‘pizza could count as one of your five a day’, then it seems we could all be racking up our fruit and vegetable portions by way of Italy’s finest export. But before dashing to the takeaway, let’s look behind the headlines of a story that seems too good to be true.
World Cancer Research Fund has defended the UK’s ‘traffic light’ food labelling system after the EU confirmed it had requested the UK government respond to criticisms from food companies.
Portion sizes of foods in the UK have spiralled “out of control” according to a new report. The Portion Distortion report compared the portion sizes of 245 shop-bought foods with portion sizes of the same foods 20 years ago, and found that many had increased significantly.
Did you know that each year more than half of bowel cancer diagnoses could have been prevented in the UK?
A bowl of sugar
| 10 February 2014
With recent headlines such as “Sweet poison: why sugar is ruining our health” and “Sugar – as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco” it seems that sugar is this year’s hot topic.
A new study is being reported in the media suggesting a link between eggs and prostate cancer.
I can imagine people who have read today’s media coverage about fruits and vegetables and cancer risk might be feeling confused. It is all too easy when organisations like World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) say it is important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for cancer prevention and then newspapers like the Guardian report that “Fruit and vegetables do not reduce overall cancer risk”.
You may have seen an article in the Daily Mail about a new book by Zoe Harcombe on the obesity epidemic. The article runs through Zoe’s ‘myth-busting’ conclusions. Looking at her overall message, Zoe basically disagrees with the advice you would get from mainstream health organisations. The result of this is that people are likely to become confused.
There is a story in the news today about how some fruits and vegetables may be better for us than others. But the evidence does not suggest that fashionable fruits and vegetables such as blueberries and papaya are any better for us than traditional produce like broccoli and carrots.
You might have seen some coverage in the news about a new study suggesting vitamin pills may reduce risk of cancer.