Our history

Since 1990 World Cancer Research Fund UK has been a member of the WCRF network, funding ground-breaking research and advising people about the link between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer prevention.

When World Cancer Research Fund UK 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 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: a new policy framework for promoting healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reducing alcohol consumption. 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 on-going Continuous Update Project, 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.