The American Institute for Cancer Research
Since its founding in 1982, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has grown into the nation's leading charity in the field of diet, nutrition, and cancer. AICR supports research into the role of diet in the prevention and treatment of cancer. It also offers a wide range of educational 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 management, and smoking.
Only two decades ago, the notion that cancer was a preventable disease was flatly rejected by many in the scientific and medical communities. Even researchers whose work showed tremendous promise remained conflicted about the wisdom of devoting further time and expense to the study of a diet-cancer link.
This is the bold new initiative in scientific thinking that AICR has pursued for the last 18 years. In 1997 the Institute added its own unique voice to the ongoing discussion with the publication of Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective.
The focus of AICR's education programs is summarized in the AICR Diet and Health Guidelines for Cancer Prevention, summarized here.Choose a diet rich in a variety of plant-based foods.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits.
Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active.
Drink alcohol only in moderation, if at all.
Select foods low in fat and salt.
Prepare and store food safely.
And always remember…Do not use tobacco in any form.
The Institute also offers the AICR Nutritional Hotline (1-800-843-8114). Callers leave any questions related to health and nutrition with a hotline operator, and receive a personal answer from a registered dietitian, usually within 48 hours.
The American Institute for Cancer Research helps patients and families understand the roles that lifestyle and nutrition can play in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
When you give a gift to the American Institute for Cancer Research you impact lives all across the country. Your support allows for the creation of free public health programs, advanced research and the develop meaningful community resources.