All of us at World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Arthur Schatzkin, MD, DrPH, a scientist who has been a valued friend to our network of charities over many years.
Arthur’s eloquent and passionate commitment to studying the role of nutrition in cancer development was, and remains, an inspiration.
He was internationally known for work that greatly expanded our knowledge in his field; he improved the methods we use to gather information and he produced data that will continue to inform public health efforts for years to come.
We were particularly grateful to have had the opportunity to work so closely with Arthur while he served as a member of the Expert Panel that developed the Recommendations in our WCRF/AICR 2007 report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective.
We are grateful that Arthur’s knowledge and wisdom contributed towards it becoming seen as the most authoritative report on the subject. Arthur also served as a panel member of our Continuous Update Project, which reviews new evidence as it is published to make sure our Report’s findings are kept as up-to-date as possible.
Arthur was a friend to WCRF’s network of cancer charities at a time when the idea that what we eat affects our cancer risk was still considered “fringe”. It is thanks to the work of scientists like Arthur that people now have access to reliable information about how they can reduce their cancer risk.
Our thoughts are with his family.