Research and Policies for Cancer Prevention
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. and one of the most costly health conditions. Cancer prevention involves more than just our individual choices. Public policies can make it easier – or harder – for people to make decisions that support their health. By advocating for federal policies that support cancer prevention and research, AICR is helping all Americans to lead healthy lifestyles.
We work toward this goal by focusing on four federal priority policy areas that are important for helping people make informed choices to reduce their cancer risk and improve cancer survival.
- Nutrition labels and information that make it easier to identify healthy options
- Government based guidelines for food, nutrition, and physical activity programs that are based on cancer research
- Government funding for cancer research, with an emphasis on prevention
- Access to diet, physical activity, and weight loss counseling and other treatments following a cancer diagnosis
Public Health and Policy Implications
The Need for Policy Action
Our Third Expert Report discusses the importance of taking policy action to influence the broader determinants of cancer that are beyond personal control. It presents a new policy framework that outlines actions that can be taken to promote physical activity, eating healthy, breastfeeding, and reducing alcohol consumption.
AICR’s policies align with the strategies in WCRF’s NOURISHING framework, which recognizes that policy actions are needed in the environment, food system, and behavior change communications to promote health diets and reduce obesity.