Our history

Since 1990 World Cancer Research Fund UK has been a member of the WCRF network, funding ground-breaking research and advising people about the link between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer prevention.

When World Cancer Research Fund UK was first established, scientific research into the link between diet and cancer was in its infancy. Since then the WCRF network has funded millions in cancer prevention research and awareness raising programmes.

Now all mainstream scientists accept that diet, weight and physical activity can affect our risk of cancer and people are more aware of how their lifestyle plays a role.

Our expert reports

In 1997, the WCRF network published a landmark Expert Report that confirmed lifestyle choices have a huge impact on cancer risk. Over the following 10 years more research was carried out and a Second Expert Report was published in 2007. This analysed more than 7,000 scientific studies and was the most comprehensive book ever published on the links between food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention. A panel of 21 world-renowned scientists reviewed the evidence and produced our authoritative Recommendations for Cancer Prevention

Our policy work

We published a companion book to the 2007 Report, called Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention, which addressed why people practice particular diet and physical activity habits. The book provides advice for key groups on what can be done at an organisational level to help people make choices that reduce their risk of cancer.

Awareness raising

We are committed to funding and interpreting cancer prevention research so that we can deliver practical guidance to the public, health workers and key organisations throughout the world.

We are also focused on our on-going Continuous Update Project, which consistently analyses the latest research so that we can deliver trustworthy cancer prevention advice based on the most up-to-date evidence to help people live cancer-free lives.