Our history

Since 1997, WCRF in HK 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 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, almost all mainstream scientists accept that diet, nutrition and physical activity can affect our risk of cancer and people are becoming more aware of how their lifestyle affects their cancer risk.

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. In 2018, our Expert Panel reviewed the past decade of evidence to produce the Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective, which provides the most up-to-date information available on the links between diet and cancer. As part of the report, the Expert Panel also updated our Recommendations. 

Our policy work

We work to influence policymakers around the world to develop and implement effective policies to create environments that are conducive for people and communities to follow our Cancer Prevention Recommendations. We advocate the use of our NOURISHING framework that outlines a package of policies to promote healthy diets and reduce overweight, obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases, including cancer. The framework is accompanied by a policy database that holds examples of implemented government policy actions from around the world.

To accompany the Third Expert Report we published a policy brief, Driving action to prevent cancer and other non-communicable diseases: a new policy framework for promoting healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reducing alcohol consumption. The brief builds on the policy implications of the Third Expert Report and outlines how the new policy framework can help governments take a comprehensive approach to promoting healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reducing alcohol consumption.

Awareness raising

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

We are also focused on our ongoing 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 that will help people live cancer-free lives.