Continuous Update Project

Preventing cancer now and in the future

"It’s the hallmark of what World Cancer Research Fund brings to the global cancer community"

– Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Union for International Cancer Control

What is the Continuous Update Project?

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is the World Cancer Research Fund network’s ongoing programme to analyse global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival. It provides a unique real-time look at the evidence in cancer prevention and survival. Among international experts, it is a trusted, authoritative scientific resource which informs cancer prevention policies and guidelines across the world.

The WCRF network uses the CUP’s reports to develop and keep up-to-date Cancer Prevention Recommendations on how people can reduce their cancer risk. Over 25 peer-reviewed papers in leading international journals have shown that following these Recommendations lowers the risk of getting or dying from a number of cancers.

How it works

  • The CUP’s independent panel of global experts carries out ongoing evaluations of the evidence in cancer prevention. Our 2018 Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective, is a comprehensive analysis of the worldwide body of evidence available at this time. Download a summary report in Mandarin here.
  • Information from research into cancer prevention is constantly added to a unique and growing database, which is hosted and systematically reviewed by a team at Imperial College London, UK. This database is invaluable to researchers wishing to study particular questions relating to food, drink, nutrition or physical activity and cancer.
  • Regular CUP reports on individual cancers capture the panel’s conclusions based on systematic reviews of research from across the world.
  • This ensures that everyone, from researchers to policymakers to the public, has access to the most up-to-date information on how to minimise the risk of developing cancer. It also identifies areas for future research into cancer prevention and survival.
  • We are working with the University of Bristol, UK, on a methodology to understand the biological mechanisms that explain the links between lifestyle factors and cancer. This will ensure the CUP remains robust, relevant and timely into the future as new research increases our understanding of the cancer progress and leads to breakthroughs in both cancer prevention and the nutritional management of cancer.

Who uses the CUP?


We give researchers access to all our reports through our website and to the CUP database on request, to help them in their work.

Health professionals

We run dedicated information and training programmes and conferences informed by the CUP for health professionals, as well as a membership programme to support health professionals in their work with the public.


Policymakers have access to the CUP database on request and to all our reports, to help in setting public health goals across the world.


The media turn to us as an authoritative source of information and comment in an area that is notorious for unreliable information.

Other cancer organisations

Governments, government agencies and other charities worldwide use the CUP’s methods, research and information in their work.

People living with and beyond cancer

The effect of diet on outcome and wellbeing for cancer patients is a growing field. We provide the most authoritative, up-to-date and evidence-based information available on cancer prevention to cancer patients and people who have had cancer in the past, as well as to those who are worried about developing cancer.