Who we are & what we do

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 & unifies a network of cancer prevention charities with a global reach. These charities are the American Institute for Cancer Research in the US, World Cancer Research Fund UK, Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fonds in the Netherlands and World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong.

Since it started 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 cancer charity to:

  • Create awareness of the link between diet and cancer.
  • Fund research into diet and cancer prevention.
  • Collate and analyse all the global research on the links between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer, and translate the findings into practical, scientifically-proven recommendations on cancer prevention. These recommendations are for use by health professionals, individuals and governments worldwide.

What we do

Our vision is to live in a world where no one develops a preventable cancer.

On behalf of the cancer prevention charities in the World Cancer Research Fund network, we commission research from leading institutions around the world into the effects of diet, nutrition, body fatness and physical activity on cancer and cancer survival. This research aims to fill the current gaps in scientific knowledge.

Our Continuous Update Project (CUP) is the world’s largest, most authoritative and up-to-date source of scientific research on cancer prevention and survivorship through diet, weight and physical activity. We analyse this research so you have access to the best cancer prevention advice in the world.

Our network of charities use our Cancer Prevention Recommendations based on this research to provide practical help, advice and tips on how people can reduce their risk of developing cancer.

We use our research to influence public health policy at the highest level and are trusted advisors to governments and other official bodies from around the world, including the World Health Organization.