A blueprint to beat cancer

Prof Lam reveals World Cancer Research Fund's landmark new Diet and Cancer Report

Professor Tai Hing Lam is one of World Cancer Research Fund’s (WCRF) Hong Kong ambassadors. He is also Chair Professor of Community Medicine and Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health at the University of Hong Kong.

I am very honoured and excited to announce the launch of WCRF’s Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective.

WCRF is a leading authority on the links between diet, weight and physical activity, and cancer prevention and survival. The launch of our Third Expert Report brings together the very latest research in this area. Building on our landmark First and Second Expert Reports in 1997 and 2007, our panel of international scientists has now completed a review of all the latest evidence in this area from the past decade. This new report has brought together their conclusions and used them to develop the most reliable cancer prevention advice currently available. They are summarised in our updated Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

The aim of these Recommendations is to help people make healthy choices in their daily lives to reduce their risk of cancer. They provide a blueprint to beat cancer that people can trust, because they are based on evidence that has now proved consistent for decades.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and the number of new cancer cases and cancer survivors is increasing. Yet around 40% of cancer cases are preventable. The Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective report will provide everyone, from policymakers to health professionals to individual members of the public, with access to the most up-to-date and trustworthy information on how to reduce the risk of developing a preventable cancer.

As one of WCRF’s Hong Kong ambassadors, I had the privilege of presenting findings from the report at the annual International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity conference in Hong Kong on 3–6 June 2018.

Translating parts of the Third Expert Report into Mandarin is an important process; it opens up the research on cancer prevention and survival to a new audience, making it accessible to people all over the world. We hope the translation will encourage more international collaboration between cancer researchers, leading to more evidence about how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

Read the report here or download a summary of the report in Mandarin here. You can also download our Recommendations in Mandarin.