American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has been instrumental in driving the major progress in our understanding of how diet, nutrition and physical activity impact cancer risk and cancer survivorship. Research on dietary patterns, the human microbiome and using exercise to fight cancer, have helped transform cancer prevention since 1982, when AICR was founded. For our 40th year anniversary, AICR is highlighting four decades of relentless progress and our transformative contributions to cancer prevention and survivorship.
AICR has harnessed the progress in cancer research to develop AICR’s 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations, the evidence-based action plan to lower your risk of cancer. Approximately 4 of every 10 US cancer cases can be prevented with health-related changes including diet, weight and physical activity.
In 1983, AICR funded a pioneering research by Dr. Nicholas Day. Day used health records in Iceland, some dating back to 1910, to study changes in body weight, body fat and other physical and biochemical characteristics. This was one of the studies that ultimately paved the way for discovering obesity as a significant risk factor for developing breast and at least 11 other types of cancer.
40 Years of Progress: Cancer Control through Evidence and Action
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Four decades of progress in cancer research
10 weeks to a healthier you
The Healthy10 Challenge is a great way to kickstart your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Our 10-week interactive program focuses on how you can eat smarter and move more to help lower cancer risk.
Worldwide, 1 in 6 deaths are due to cancer each year
The choices we make each day can help to reduce our risk of cancer. AICR’s Cancer Health Check will help you learn more about your choices and how you can stack the odds in your favor.
Cancer Protective Recipes
AICR’s recipes are specially crafted to support cancer risk reduction and survival. Our recipes feature delicious cancer protective ingredients and uses AICR’s Foods that Fight CancerTM, incorporate AICR’s 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations and fit the New American Plate model.