Bowel cancer: the most preventable common cancer

Bowel cancer: the most preventable common cancer

Bowel cancer is the UK’s third most prevalent form of cancer and the second biggest killer. Its discovery is sometimes a cause for embarrassment, which partially explains the high number of cases that are not identified until the disease is at an advanced stage. But aside from looking for symptoms of bowel cancer in the toilet bowl, there is a lot we can all do to protect ourselves from this form of cancer.

This is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and the great news is that … Continue Reading

Creating less waste: good for your waist and your wallet

Creating less waste can be good for your waist and your wallet

Ask yourself this: would you throw away £200 every year? No, I thought not! But this is what we’re all doing according to a recent report from recycling consultants Wrap.

Despite more than half of us claiming not to waste food, the reality is that 4.2 million tonnes of good food – enough to fill Wembley stadium five times over – gets thrown away every year in Britain.

The good news is that, as well as helping the environment … Continue Reading

Preventing ovarian cancer – a message from Allyson Kaye

Preventing ovarian cancer - a message from Allyson Kaye

Allyson Kaye MBE is the chair and founder of Ovarian Cancer Action, a charity striving to stop women dying from ovarian cancer by funding world-class scientific research. Here she writes for the WCRF cancer prevention blog to mark the publication of the Continuous Update Project report on ovarian cancer:

Anyone who gets cancer or who has a loved one who is a cancer patient starts to wonder how does this happen? Was there something I could have done to prevent this? Could I have … Continue Reading

Three healthier home baked Valentine’s Day dessert ideas

No Valentine’s Day meal would be complete without a delicious dessert but some of those shop-bought puddings can contain over 400 calories and 25g of fat – that’s nearly the same as a quarter-pounder with cheese!

So for a healthier homemade alternative, here are three heavenly home-baked Valentine’s Day dessert ideas.

Visit our website for more than 30 healthier dessert ideas.

Peach Spice Filo Pies

Peach spice filo pies

Spice up your Valentine’s Day with these filo fruit pies.

Serves two


• One large can (420g) peaches, in juice, drained
• Pinch of ground mixed spice
• One … Continue Reading

The sugar debate

The sugar debate

With recent headlines such as “Sweet poison: why sugar is ruining our health” and “Sugar – as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco” it seems that sugar is this year’s hot topic.

Media reports have become more and more dramatic, with some stories claiming that we should cut nearly all sugar from our diets, for example by limiting or avoiding fruits, some vegetables, cereals, bread and even milk.

Is this another case of media hype or is there any scientific basis for cutting sugar out of our diets? We put the question to … Continue Reading

Public health boss’s message on cancer prevention

Public health boss's message on cancer prevention

Professor Kevin Fenton is Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England. His responsibilities include the national health and wellbeing programmes delivered through the NHS and local authorities, campaigns such as Change4Life, and prevention and early intervention schemes focusing on major killers including smoking and obesity. Here he writes for the WCRF cancer prevention blog to mark World Cancer Day:

Search the web for news on cancer and the chances are you’ll be overwhelmed by articles on the latest scientific breakthrough in treatment and testing. That’s … Continue Reading

Five tips for being a healthy weight

Five tips for a healthy weight

It’s National Obesity Awareness Week and this year the campaign is raising the alarm over the cost to the health service.

According to the 2011 Health Survey for England, 25 per cent of adults in the UK were obese in 2011 - an increase from 15 per cent in 1993. The campaign, by the National Obesity Forum, estimates that more than half of the UK population could be obese by 2050, costing the NHS £10 billion a year.

Some of the world’s most serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and … Continue Reading

Beating cancer with exercise

Our supporters are often contacting us to tell us about the value they place in our guiding aim of ‘stopping cancer before it starts’ – and the ways they’ve adapted their diet and lifestyle to reduce their risk of cancer.

As WCRF UK’s Executive Director, I recently received a letter from Handley Barrett who was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago. Handley, an 84-year-old former sailor, has thankfully recovered now – a swift improvement that he puts down to the regular exercise he takes around his home in Roseisle, near Inverness. He has also led an active life, with a 17-year … Continue Reading

Cut the Christmas calories

The average person eats 6,000 calories on Christmas Day. That’s the same as ten Margherita pizzas, 29 bottles of cola or 20 medium servings of fries. If you were to eat a healthier alternative, you’d need to stuff yourself with a staggering 392 tomatoes – try fitting that in your stocking!

6,000 calories is three times the recommended daily intake for the average woman, and about 2½ times that for a man. Try taking our new 100 Calorie Quiz to see how much you know about portion sizes and calories – the answers may surprise you…. Continue Reading

Keeping track of drinking habits to cut cancer risk

Alcohol: a risk factor for both blood pressure and cancer

Alcohol: a risk factor for several cancers

At this time of year alcohol is a near constant presence in many of our lives, whether we’re drinking it, looking at adverts selling it or planning our Christmas social lives around it.

But putting aside the benign, even friendly, light in which the drinks companies portray their product, excessive drinking can be a threat to public health. That’s why it’s important, during Alcohol Awareness Week, to talk sensibly about the world’s … Continue Reading

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