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Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer

Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective, is the third expert report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.

It reviews the latest evidence from the past decade to develop the most reliable cancer prevention advice currently available.

Key findings

  • Weight: The evidence linking body fatness to cancer is overwhelming and has grown stronger over the past decade. There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese is a cause of 12 cancers.
  • Physical Activity: Being physically active can provide powerful protection against cancer. Physical activity can help protect directly from three cancers and also helps maintain a healthy weight, which reduces cancer risk further.
  • Diet: A healthy pattern of eating and drinking is associated with a lower risk of cancer as well as reducing the risk of weight gain.