World Cancer Research Fund International is a leading authority on cancer prevention research related to diet, weight and physical activity

We are a not-for-profit organisation that leads and unifies a network of cancer prevention charities with a global reach.

Since it began in 1982, the World Cancer Research Fund network has been a pioneer in research and health information on the link between food, nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of cancer.

We were the first organisation to:

  • Create awareness of the link between diet and cancer.
  • Specifically fund research into diet and cancer prevention.
  • Collate and interpret all the authoritative global research on the links between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer, and translate the findings into practical, clear, scientifically proven recommendations on cancer prevention for use by health professionals, individuals and governments worldwide.

Our world-renowned work

  • Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective (published in 1997) – this was our first landmark Expert Report. It confirmed beyond doubt that our lifestyle choices have a big impact on cancer risk and was a catalyst for change that inspired further scientific research in this field.
  • Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective (published 2007) – was our Second Expert Report. It was the most comprehensive report ever published on the links between food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention and was based on the in-depth analysis of over 7,000 scientific studies published on cancer prevention over the last 50 years. A panel of 21 world-renowned scientists reviewed the research evidence and drew conclusions that led to our Cancer Prevention Recommendations.
  • Continuous Update Project – since the launch of our Second Expert Report in 2007, we have been collating the findings from all new cancer prevention research published around the world. Using the same rigorous methodology of our Second Expert Report, our Continuous Update Project analyses the findings of this cancer prevention research to ensure that our Recommendations remain based on the most up-to-date evidence available.
  • Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention (published in 2009), is the first comprehensive analysis of why people practice particular eating and physical activity habits over a lifetime. This policy report provides advice and guidance for key groups, such as governments and workplaces, on what can be done to influence and change people’s lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of cancer.
  • NOURISHING – the policy framework we developed in 2013 to promote healthy diets and reduce obesity. It is the only framework in the world that provides a frequently updated, comprehensive list of policy actions that are being implemented around the world in the NOURISHING database. It brings together the ten areas where world governments need to take action to help to achieve the World Health Organization’s global target of reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases, including cancer, by 25% by 2025.
  • MOVING – the physical activity policy framework developed as part the EU CO-CREATE project which draws together six policy areas that governments need to take action in to promote physical activity. The framework underpins the new MOVING database, developed as part of the five-year project, which sits alongside the NOURISHING database.
  • Food Policy Highlights from Around the World – launched in May 2014, this is the first time any organisation has assessed and collated the most effective (robustly designed and evidence-informed) food policy actions being implemented by countries.
  • Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective (published in 2018) – our Third Expert Report builds on the groundbreaking achievements of our First and Second Expert Reports. Evidence from global studies for 17 cancers (comprising 51 million people, of whom 3.5 million were diagnosed with cancer) was analysed to enhance and expand our knowledge of the links between lifestyle factors and the risk of cancer. Our latest Expert Report updates our evidence-based Cancer Prevention Recommendations, a set of realistic and achievable goals for individuals, health professionals and policymakers to reduce the global incidence of preventable cancers. The report also includes currently prevailing hypotheses into some of the biological mechanisms related to diet, nutrition, physical activity and the development of cancer.