About the Continuous Update Project

The Continuous Update Project is an ongoing programme to analyse global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival

What is the Continuous Update Project?

Among experts worldwide it is a trusted, authoritative scientific resource, which informs current guidelines and policy for cancer prevention and survival.

The findings from the Continuous Update Project are used to update our Cancer Prevention Recommendations, ensuring that everyone, from policymakers to members of the public, has access to the most up-to-date information on how to minimise the risk of developing the disease.

As part of the Continuous Update Project, scientific research from around the world is collated and added to a database on an ongoing basis and systematically reviewed by a team at Imperial College London. An independent panel of world-renowned experts then evaluate and interpret the evidence to make conclusions based on the body of scientific evidence. Their conclusions form the basis for reviewing, and where necessary revising, our Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

On the basis of the Expert Panel’s conclusions, the Cancer Prevention Recommendations were reviewed and updated as part of our Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective, which was published in May 2018.

> View the world-renowned panel of experts who evaluated the evidence

> Read our cancer prevention recommendations

The CUP is changing

Over the last three decades the science on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect the risk of cancer has evolved, and we are constantly addressing the new challenges in cancer prevention and survival research.

> Find out how and why the CUP is changing

CUP database

The CUP database is being kept up to date with all relevant papers from randomised controlled trials and cohort studies published for 17 cancers and breast cancer survivors. The database now contains nearly 10,000 publications on these cancers, including publications from the Third Expert Report.

The CUP database is currently available to researchers on request.

CUP process diagram

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When did the Continuous Update Project begin?

The Continuous Update Project develops the work of our groundbreaking First and Second Expert Reports – published in 1997 and 2007 respectively – which were the first ever comprehensive analyses of the research on diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer. The CUP is an ongoing review and captures new research from around the world as it is published. Our Third Expert Report collates and reviews the latest CUP work.