World Cancer Research Fund

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World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF International) is a not-for-profit association, established by royal decree in Belgium,[citation needed] with headquarters in London, UK. As of 2011 Marilyn Gentry was President of WCRF International.

World Cancer Research Fund's vision is to live in a world where no one develops a preventable cancer. The organisation champions the latest and most authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity, so that people can make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of cancer. As a network World Cancer Research Fund influences policy at the highest level and are trusted advisors to governments and other official bodies from around the world.


WCRF International provides support and operational services to the charities in the network, which are based in the US (American Institute for Cancer Research); UK (World Cancer Research Fund UK); Netherlands (Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fonds); and Hong Kong (World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong).[1]

Scientific Work[edit]

First Expert Report: In 1997, the WCRF global network published Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. This expert report examined all the available evidence on the links between cancer and diet. According to WCRF International’s website, the report was a “catalyst for change”.[2]

Second Expert Report: In November 2007, the WCRF global network published Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective,.[3] In the initial review half a million studies were identified, which were screened down to 22,000. Eventually, 7,000 were deemed relevant and met the quality criteria for definitive conclusions to be drawn. A panel of 21 experts then made 10 recommendations for cancer prevention.[4]

Policy Report: In February 2009, the WCRF global network published Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention, a companion document to the Second Expert Report.[5] It included 48 recommendations for changes that different groups in society can make to help prevent cancer. It also included a preventability study that estimated that a third of the most common cancers in the UK could be prevented through diet, physical activity and weight management.[6]

Research: WCRF International manages and administers the International Research Grant Programme[7] on behalf of its member organisations in the UK, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) also has its own grant programme.[8]

WCRF International and AICR manage the Continuous Update Project, the largest central resource in the world for scientific evidence on diet, physical activity, body weight and cancer.


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