American Institute for Cancer Research

Since its founding in 1982, the American Institute for Cancer Research has grown into the nation’s leading charity in the field of diet, nutrition and cancer.

AICR supports research into the role of diet and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of cancer. It also offers a wide range of cancer prevention education programs and publications for health professionals and the public. Through these pioneering efforts, AICR has helped focus attention on the link between cancer and the choices we make about food and drink, exercise, weight and smoking.

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June 6th is National Cancer Survivors' Day
20 May 04 | To mark National Cancer Survivors' Day on June 6th, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is calling on the nations' scientific community to take action.

Experts Concerned Over Unhealthy "Fat Ratio" in American Diets
13 May 04 | Cancer experts said today that even though many Americans have cut back on fat, the relative amount of two specific kinds of fat in the typical diet remains "out of whack" – and unhealthy.

AICR Taps Three Prestigious US Research Centers To Begin Gathering Data for World's Most Comprehensive Diet-Cancer Report
12 Apr 04 | Researchers at Pennsylvania State University, Johns Hopkins University, and Kaiser Permanente have begun to sort through the enormous amount of scientific evidence relating to the effect of food, nutrition and physical activity on cancer.

AICR Applauds Elimination of Super Sizes
04 Mar 04 | The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) congratulates the McDonald's Corporation for taking a necessary, overdue, but no less bold step in combating America's obesity epidemic.

U.S. Employs Flawed Scientific Method in Attempt to Quell W.H.O. Report
25 Feb 04 | The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) today sent a strongly worded letter to Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

"Carbs Cause Cancer." Stories Get It Wrong
04 Feb 04 | Early news reports of a study published in the February 4, 2004 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute have drastically and dangerously oversimplified that study's conclusions.

Simple Changes in Diet Reduce Cancer Risk
01 Feb 04 | National Cancer Prevention Month may be the right time to add a second vegetable to your dinner plate. Changes as simple as that can help to prevent dire illness, although – sorry America – our favorite vegetable, french fries, doesn't count.

Regular Exercise Helps Fight Cancer
01 Feb 04 | During National Cancer Prevention Month, experts want people to know just how important physical activity is in reducing the risk of cancer. Current research is discovering a variety of ways in which regular exercise can help prevent the disease.

Excess Weight Means Extra Cancer Risk
01 Feb 04 | Convincing research results link obesity with higher risk of cancer. During National Cancer Prevention Month, researchers are warning Americans that they can reduce the odds of getting cancer by avoiding excessive weight gain.

Experts Say Changes in Routine Save Lives
01 Feb 04 | There are simple adjustments you can make to your daily routine that will reduce your chances of developing cancer. That's the message from cancer researchers during February 2004, the first National Cancer Prevention Month.

Cancer Experts Say Take Back Control in the Kitchen
29 Dec 03 | For more than two decades, Americans have opted for convenience in meal preparation. They've chosen to eat out, order out, take out and drive thru in order to preserve time for other activities or due to the fatigue other activities cause.

Revamped Savory Bread Puddings Offer Great Versatility at Holiday Time
12 Dec 03 | Eating healthfully during the holiday season doesn't have to mean giving up richly flavorful dishes, nor abandoning good intentions to eat wisely. By modernizing the classic savory bread pudding, AICR developed new dishes perfect for entertaining.

New Chair Chosen for International Panel of Experts
20 Nov 03 | The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) announced today that Dr. Michael Marmot has been appointed to chair a panel of the world's leading cancer and nutrition experts.

Health Experts: "Jury Still Out" on Theory Behind Many Popular Diets
17 Nov 03 | Health experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) today outlined several basic questions that are still unanswered by the Glycemic Index a theoretical ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods.

The Glycemic Index
17 Nov 03 | Proponents of the Glycemic Index argue that foods that raise blood sugar quickly – foods that have a "high GI" ranking – stimulate hunger, increase enzymes that promote the storage of fat and reduce the body's ability to burn fat.

Old-Fashioned American Inventiveness Updates Thanksgiving Desserts For Better Health
14 Nov 03 | Adapting traditional recipes to accommodate current needs is an American tradition as old as the first English settlers, and we should follow their example, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

Global Report on Nutrition's Role in Cancer Prevention Will Adopt New Approach
11 Nov 03 | The World Cancer Research Fund International announced that an upcoming global report on nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention will employ an innovative method to review the scientific evidence as objectively as possible.

Concerned Health Experts Investigate Roots of "The Clean Plate Club"
12 Sep 03 | Concerned that too many Americans are lifelong members of the "Clean Plate Club," experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have investigated the uniquely American compulsion to finish everything on the plate.

Put Extra Zing as Well as Nutrition in Dishes the Southeast Asian Way: Add Fruit
28 Aug 03 | The Southeast Asian practice of adding fruit to otherwise savory dishes boosts the cancer-protective features of a meal, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). In Southeast Asia, fruit is used to supply the sweet element.

Cancer Institute Calls for Something Radically Different at Breakfast
21 Aug 03 | "It is time Americans took a radical look at the morning meal," experts announced at the American Institute for Cancer Research's International Research Conference. To aid the public, the Institute issued a new 37-page brochure.

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