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

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

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

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AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

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.

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

Take a pledge to support cancer prevention and healthy survivorship.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

Policy & Advocacy

Every Voice Matters

The American Institute for Cancer Research works with lawmakers, medical experts, and community officials to reduce preventable cases of cancer, and to improve the state of public health.

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 key federal priority policy areas that are important for helping people make informed choices to reduce their cancer risk and improve cancer survival.

  • Nutrition and alcohol labels that promote informed choices
  • Federal dietary guidelines that are aligned with cancer prevention research
  • Federal guidelines for physical activity programs and policies that make it easier to follow AICR’s Physical Activity Recommendation
  • Increasing federal funding for cancer research, with an emphasis on prevention and healthy lifestyles
  • Access to diet, physical activity and weight loss interventions for people with cancer and cancer survivors
Marilyn Gentry, AICR President

It’s time for action.

Preventing cancer is an urgent health issue that must be pushed to the top of everyone's policy agenda. The cost of inaction is simply too high. We all need to do our part to protect our families, friends and neighbors from this devastating disease.

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.

Our Partners

A Global Effort

AICR works to improve cancer prevention locally. World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF), engages in policy work at a global level. Together, we use the findings of the Third Expert Report as the basis for our policy recommendations and to help governments improve their approach to cancer prevention.

AICR is turning what we know about cancer prevention into policies that make it easier for you to make healthier choices. To help achieve this goal, we engage policymakers in a variety of ways, from comment letters to lobby days- to make sure our voice is heard. If you want to be the first to know about our policy initiatives, and how you can get involved, sign up below.