When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

40 Years of Progress: Transforming Cancer. Saving Lives.

The AICR Lifestyle & Cancer Symposium addresses the most current and consequential issues regarding diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

The Annual AICR Research Conference is the most authoritative source for information on diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

Cancer Update Program – unifying research on nutrition, physical activity and cancer.

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Whether you are a healthcare provider, a researcher, or just someone who wants to learn more about cancer prevention, we’re here to help.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

Are you ready to make a difference? Join our team and help us advance research, improve cancer education and provide lifesaving resources.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR History

40 Years of Progress: Transforming Cancer. Saving Lives.


Foundation of AICR


AICR is founded to increase awareness of the diet-cancer link described in the landmark National Academy of Sciences report, “Diet, Nutrition and Cancer.” Since then AICR has published 3 expert reports.


AICR’s first Dietary Guidelines to Lower Cancer Risk are published in the New York Times. Since then AICR has updated the guidelines 3 times and they are now called the Cancer Prevention Recommendations.


AICR funds groundbreaking research into soy and its relationship to cancer that leads to more government (NCI) funding in this area. This is still an active area of research.



AICR launches its inaugural Scientific Research Conference. Since then AICR has held more than 25 annual research conferences.


AICR affiliate, the World Cancer Research Fund is founded to take up our mission on an international scale.


AICR starts funding critical research on broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Over 200 papers have been published since then and the research has inspired an international groundswell of interest in the anti-cancer effect of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables.


AICR helps fund The China Study, led by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, of Cornell University, along with Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine.


AICR publishes its First Expert Report: Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer and distributes it to a worldwide audience.



AICR joins with the University of North Carolina to establish the AICR/WCRF Institute for the Advanced Study of Diet, Nutrition and Cancer at the UNC School of Public Health. The Institute at UNC is still an active partner in research and the training of young scientists working in the field of diet and cancer.


AICR launches The New American Plate a novel, fresh approach to healthy eating. The focus is on changing the balance between portions of plant-based versus animal-based foods on our plates and the portion sizes we eat to help reduce cancer risk and manage weight control.


AICR puts spotlight on a growing number of cancer survivors by holding the first of several regional seminars for cancer survivors.


AICR publishes its Second Expert Report: Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer. It is the most comprehensive report about the links to cancer, and included new Recommendations for Cancer Prevention.



The U.S. government acknowledges AICR’s Recommendations for Cancer Prevention. Government experts heavily cite AICR’s Recommendations when drafting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


AICR publishes its Third Expert Report: Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer with updated reviews of decades of scientific evidence and AICR’s newest and most reliable Cancer Prevention Recommendations currently available.



AICR launches Cancer Health Check,  a new online tool to help participants assess how their lifestyle choices stack up against AICR’s 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.


AICR launches Healthy10 Challenge, a free online 10-week program that is designed to improve diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight for reducing cancer risk and improving overall health.