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For Immediate Release: February 4, 2011
Contact: Mya Rae Nelson 202-328-7744

AICR Supports World Cancer Day

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WASHINGTON, DC – The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has announced its support for this year’s World Cancer Day on February 4.

World Cancer Day is an annual event organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). This year, World Cancer Day will focus on promoting the message that many cases of cancer can be prevented.

On February 4, World Cancer Day will encourage individuals to sign the World Cancer Declaration and raise awareness that 2011 is likely to be a crucial year in the global effort against cancer. For the first time ever, the United Nations will hold a Non-communicable Disease Summit in September.

As well as lending its support to World Cancer Day, AICR will be working to promote the day through the media.

Kelly Browning, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AICR, said: "We are delighted to be supporting the UICC in its valuable work around World Cancer Day.

"By harnessing the energy of cancer-related organizations across the globe, World Cancer Day can play an important role in the effort against the disease.

"We are also delighted that the main focus of this year’s World Cancer Day is prevention. We hope it will help highlight the fact that scientists estimate a third of the most common cancers could be prevented through healthy eating, regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.

"Research we have done has shown that not enough people are aware that what they eat and how active they are affect their cancer risk. We hope that World Cancer Day plays an important part in addressing this.

"We are also looking forward to the UN summit on Non-communicable Disease and working with the UICC to help make sure this results in a strong plan for tackling cancer across the world."

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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, www.aicr.org. 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 (www.wcrf-uk.org); Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fonds in the Netherlands (www.wcrf-nl.org); World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong (www.wcrf-hk.org); and Fonds Mondial de Recherche contre le Cancer in France (www.fmrc.fr).


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