For Immediate Release: October 19, 2010
Contact: Mya Rae Nelson
Office: 202.600.3047
American Institute for Cancer Research: It's Never Too Late to lower your cancer risk.

Media Advisory
AICR Hosts Telephone Briefing on October 20
to Announce New Findings on How Diet,
Activity Delay Aging and Help Prevent Age-Related Cancers

WASHINGTON, DC – Because people aged 65 and over face a cancer risk that is 10 times higher than the general public, the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) will host a telephone news briefing on October 20 to highlight intriguing new research showing how and why diet and physical activity, even late in life, can delay or prevent many age-related cancers. The new studies will be presented at AICR’s Annual Research Conference on “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer” in Washington later in the week. AICR will also announce a major awareness campaign to close a significant knowledge gap among older Americans about aging and increased cancer risk, which comes after consumer research commissioned by AICR finds 1 in 3 adults over age 50 are unaware of the link between aging and cancer and many mistakenly believe it’s too late for them to take action.

The telephone news briefing will take place at 2:30 PM EDT on Wednesday, October 20. The call in number is as follows:

  • Call-In Number: (866) 379-9268
  • Conference ID Number: 19363006

The following experts will participate in the news briefing:

  • JoEllen Welsh, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University at Albany Cancer Center and Chair of the AICR research conference, will summarize the latest evidence showing that even late in life, many cancers can be delayed or prevented through regular activity and a plant-based diet.
  • Daniel Perry, President of the Alliance for Aging Research, will document the extent of an impending “silver tsunami” of older Americans, starting in 2011 when more than 10,000 Baby Boomers a day will turn age 65. These projections of a doubling of the senior population by 2030 are of great concern to the public health community because of escalating rates of cancer and a significant increase in healthcare spending to treat cancer and other chronic diseases.
  • Alice Bender, M.S., R.D., AICR Nutrition Communications Manager, will chart the findings from a new AICR survey on aging and cancer risk, showing low awareness of the aging/cancer link among older Americans, which may hamper cancer prevention efforts.


The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results. It has contributed more than $96 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. AICR has published two landmark reports that interpret the accumulated research in the field, and is committed to a process of continuous review. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. Its award-winning New American Plate program is presented in brochures, seminars and on its website, AICR is part of the global network of charities that are dedicated to the prevention of cancer. The WCRF global network is led and unified by WCRF International, a membership association that operates as the umbrella organization for the network. The other charities in the WCRF network are World Cancer Research Fund in the UK (; Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fonds in the Netherlands (; World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong (; and Fonds Mondial de Recherche contre le Cancer in France (

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