Our achievements

Some of our many successes include being the first organisation to identify the link between diet and cancer, and building the world’s largest source of scientific research on cancer prevention through diet, weight and physical activity.

Our achievements over 25 years reflect our commitment to helping people reduce their risk of preventable cancers.

Funding research

  • Since we were set up in 1990 we’ve funded more than £98 million of research. We were the first organisation that identified the link between diet and cancer – now a widely accepted fact. Among our many research findings, we can also confirm that being overweight is a major cause for at least eleven different cancers.
  • We are currently funding 13 vital projects on a number of different cancers including: prostate, bowel, breast, pancreatic, kidney and mouth & throat cancers.

Supporting future experts

  • We award six Fellowships a year to outstanding applicants to enable them to attend Imperial College London’s nutritional epidemiology course to increase their expertise in cancer prevention.

Interpreting evidence

  • Our pioneering Continuous Update Project is the world’s largest source of scientific research on cancer prevention and survivorship through diet, weight and physical activity. It is continuously updated allowing us to constantly monitor the latest research and regularly review our recommendations, so the public can be assured they are receiving the most accurate and proven information at all times.
  • Our Second Expert Report in 2007 was the most comprehensive book ever published on the links between food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention. It was based on an exhaustive analysis of more than 7,000 scientific cancer prevention studies conducted over 50 years and was the basis of our authoritative Recommendations for Cancer Prevention

Informing the public and health workers

  • World Cancer Research Fund works to deliver reliable and high-quality health advice. Our information has been awarded the Department for Health’s respected Information Standard
  • Our Informed newsletter for health workers was praised by 96 per cent of survey respondents for giving them a better understanding about the link between lifestyle and cancer.
  • Our online cancer prevention workshop is aimed at health professionals and covers information about lifestyle and cancer prevention.
  • A survey of the UK public found the number of people aware of the link between body fat and cancer increased from 47 per cent in 2007 to 63 per cent in 2011.
  • We have developed a variety of health tools, including an Exercise Calorie Calculator  and BMI calculator, which give practical help to people to help reduce their cancer risk. Our health tools are used by up to 25,000 people per month.
  • We hold cancer prevention workshops for companies to advise employees about the link between cancer and diet, weight and physical activity.

Campaigning for change

  • We've encouraged thousands of people to make small changes to their lifestyles to help reduce their risk of developing cancer through our 100 Calorie Challenge and I CAN... campaigns. Nine out of ten people who received our daily email tips said they intended to make long-term changes to their lifestyle.
  • World Cancer Research Fund has also backed a campaign to introduce standardised ‘traffic-light’ labelling on packaging to help communicate nutrition information in a user-friendly way.
  • We want to empower people to make choices that will help them lead happy, healthy, cancer-free lives.