How do we know our Cancer Prevention Recommendations work?

Researchers all over the world have tested our Recommendations to see what impact they have on lowering your risk of cancer and improving survival

We analyse the scientific evidence from around the world and translate the results into practical, easy-to-follow cancer prevention advice – our Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Our Recommendations are intended to reduce the risk of cancer by helping people to maintain a healthy weight and adopt healthy patterns of eating, drinking and physical activity throughout life, as well as guiding governments towards the policy changes that could be made to reduce population-wide cancer risk.

Since 2007, independent external scientists have investigated the impact of following our Recommendations on risk of new cancer cases and deaths, to test how effective they are. More recently, the Recommendations have also been studied within cancer survivors too.

To date, we have identified over 20 scientific articles that look at the impact of following the 2007 Cancer Prevention Recommendations on the risk of getting cancer and on surviving cancer. Overall, these articles show that following our Recommendations lowers the risk of new cancer cases, dying from cancer and dying from all causes, as well as improving quality of life for cancer survivors.

Last year, through our international grant programme, we funded two exciting new projects which are looking at how following our 2018 Cancer Prevention Recommendations affects cancer risk and survival.