Who we are

Our vision is to live in a world where no one develops a preventable cancer. We are a globally leading cancer prevention charity, funding groundbreaking research into cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity

Thanks to your support, World Cancer Research Fund has invested more than £100 million in cancer prevention research around the world. We also support people to take action to reduce their cancer risk by following our cancer prevention recommendations. Independent studies have shown that about a third of the most common cancers in the UK could be prevented by following these recommendations. That’s around 80,000 cancer-free lives.

Our work

  • The cornerstone of our research programme is our Continuous Update Project, which informs our work. It’s the world’s largest source of scientific research on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity.
  • We translate this science into accurate, accessible, understandable information so that you can have the best available cancer prevention advice at your fingertips in our Recommendations for Cancer Prevention.
  • By funding research and delivering health information programmes we empower people to make lifestyle choices that can prevent cancer, so that they can live happy, healthy, cancer-free lives.

How we operate

World Cancer Research Fund UK is registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales (Registration Charity No. 1000739). Around 90% of our funding comes from the UK public with the remainder from business, trusts and foundations. 

World Cancer Research Fund UK adheres to the Institute of Fundraising Code of Practice and is a member of the Fundraising Regulator, which means that we are committed to fundraising practices that are open, fair, honest and legal.

Marilyn Gentry is the Chief Executive for World Cancer Research Fund UK.

Our UK Trustees are: 

Mr Laurence Isaacson CBE

Mr Jeffrey Hall Bunn

Prof Ashley Cooper

Mr Peter Crowley McCarty

Ms Susan Anderson Pepper 

Ms Alison Sinclair

World Cancer Research Fund UK is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund network of cancer charities based in Europe, the Americas and Asia, dedicated to the prevention of cancer through diet, weight and physical activity. Operating within a network means we can share resources and information more effectively.