Policy

We work with governments, schools, employers and health professionals to create change that supports people to reduce their cancer risk.

World Cancer Research Fund UK’s scientific research ensures that we provide people with evidence-informed policy recommendations. We work collaboratively with organisations to develop and advocate for policies to help reduce the burden of cancer and other non-communicable diseases.

Our advocacy helped ensure cancer prevention featured in the World Health Organization’s global plan for 2013-2020. This is an important commitment from governments around the world to introduce policies that will help people reduce their risk of cancer and other diseases. Read more about World Cancer Research Fund International’s policy work.

The government released a new Eatwell Guide which is very similar to our dietary recommendations for cancer prevention. This includes eating a wide variety of wholegrains, vegetables, fruit and pulses, reducing processed high calorie foods and drinks as well as limiting red meat and avoiding processed meat. Below you can download the letter that we have signed along with 20 other leading organisations who have welcomed the new guide.

Download the joint statement in support of the Government's Eatwell Guide

Tackling obesity

We are a member of the Obesity Health Alliance, alongside over 40 other leading charities, medical royal colleges and campaign working groups. Together we are calling on government to tackle overweight and obesity by taking action in 10 key areas, including: protecting children from all junk food marketing everywhere; reduced sugar, saturated fat and salt in our foods; fewer promotions and displays of unhealthy food; healthy food available in hospitals; local authorities to have freedom to take action on obesity in their area; full training for health and social care professionals to tackle obesity.

Our Health Information team actively works towards key area full training for health and social care professionals to tackle obesity by providing free online training on our Cancer Prevention Recommendations which focus on ways to support patients to be a healthy weight.

Policy implications of our Third Expert Report

The role and importance of public policy in preventing cancer is discussed in our Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective, in the Recommendations and Public Health and Policy Implications chapter. This chapter presents a new policy framework developed by WCRF International (adapted from our NOURISHING framework) that addresses diet, physical activity, breastfeeding and alcohol consumption. An accompanying 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, outlines how the policy framework can help governments take a comprehensive approach to cancer prevention.