Scottish Cancer Prevention Network

Adherence to WCRF/AICR Guidelines and Risk of Death in Europe


Aug 13

In 2007, The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) set out healthy living, weight management and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention.


The EPIC study (378,864 participants from 9 European countries) recently reported that greater adherence to WCRF/AICR guidelines significantly increased longevity and quality of life, with a significantly lower risk of dying from cancer, circulatory disease, and respiratory disease. After 12 years of follow-up those adhering best to guidelines had a 34% lower hazard of death from all causes than those adhering least well to guidelines.

Vergnaud AC, Romaguera D, Peeterset PH et al. (2013) Adherence to the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research guidelines and risk of death in Europe: results from the European Prospective Investigation into nutrition and Cancer cohort study. Am J Clin Nutr; 97: 5 1107-1120