Our flagship Continuous Update Project is entering a new transition phase, as we ensure that we keep up with the latest cancer science.
Over the last ten years, WCRF has collected, analysed and judged the global evidence on how diet, nutrition and physical activity are linked to cancer through its groundbreaking Continuous Update Project(CUP). This culminated in the Third Expert Report and the Cancer Prevention Recommendations, which were updated in 2018. This currently represents the best evidence available on cancer prevention and survival through diet, nutrition (including body fatness) and physical activity.
During this time, science has moved forward. There are new ways to study the evidence, new ways of thinking about the risk factors that may influence cancer, and our understanding of cancer itself has improved.
As the science has evolved, it is important that we consider how to adapt the CUP to address the future challenges in cancer prevention and survival research.
The consistency of our Cancer Prevention Recommendations since 1997 – across the First, Second and Third Expert Reports – reflects the stability of the global research over three decades. This provides an excellent basis from which the CUP can further evolve.
The CUP Transition is the process we are putting in place to support the evolution of the CUP from what it is now, to what it will be in the future.
The goal of the CUP Transition is to ensure that the new CUP generates the best possible answers to the most important questions related to how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect risk of, and survival from, cancer – benefitting the public, the scientific community, and the WCRF network.
We will do this by:
The CUP Transition process demands time and appropriate expertise. So we have convened a CUP Transition Panel (CUP-TP) which is co-chaired by Prof Ed Giovannucci from the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health and Prof Ellen Kampman from Wageningen University. This panel of experts has identified nine important areas of focus which are currently under review. These are:
The CUP Secretariat will then translate the guidance from the CUP-TP into a practical strategy.