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Cancer research findings

The research we fund and the analysis of thousands of scientific studies inform our Cancer Prevention Recommendations, a proven blueprint for beating cancer.

Our Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective presents the research on lifestyle and the risk of cancer.

Cancer cell

Cancer process

How diet, nutrition (including weight) and physical activity influence the development and progression of cancer

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Bowel cancer

One of the most common of all cancers, lifestyle factors have a big impact on bowel (colorectal) cancer risk

Breast cancer - histological sections

Breast cancer

Around 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK. Many of the factors that increase risk are linked to lifestyle

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Lung cancer

Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, but some evidence suggests that other lifestyle factors have an impact on risk

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Pancreatic cancer

There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing cancer of the pancreas

Prostate cancer PSA test

Prostate cancer

The most common cancer in men, there is strong evidence that weight influences the risk of developing prostate cancer

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Skin cancer

We know sun exposure is a big risk factor for skin cancer but do other lifestyle factors affect the risk of this disease?

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Cancer survivors

Emerging research indicates that diet, nutrition and physical activity play a role in outcome

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Womb cancer

There is strong evidence that weight and physical activity have an affect on the risk of developing womb (endometrial) cancer