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American Institute for Cancer Research

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Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Food, Health, Nutrition

Mission: The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is one of the nation's largest cancer charity, focusing exclusively on the link between diet and cancer. The Institute provides a wide range of consumer education programs that help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. AICR also supports innovative research in cancer prevention and treatment at universities, hospitals and research centers across the U.S. The Institute has provided millions of dollars in funding for research in diet, nutrition and cancer.

Programs: AICR's operating programs focus on research grant funding and public education. The Institute has channeled millions of dollars into investigations of the diet-cancer link. These dollars have fostered research at leading universities, hospitals and research centers throughout the U.S. and around the world. With the nation's most extensive program of publications on diet, nutrition and cancer prevention, AICR has distributed millions of AICR educational booklets and pamphlets to the public, and hundreds of thousands of copies of reference works from AICR have reached health professionals. Nutrition seminars, public service announcements and other consumer-targeted programs help to further promote AICR's message that diet plays a major role in cancer risk.

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Reading the comments made me really sad. There is a reason why AICR spent a lot of money on administrative costs. Most of their educational materials are free upon request and their expert report (it took years of volunteer efforts from researchers all around the world) is being used every day by health professionals. Major progress in the understanding how nutrients and nutritional resources are affecting cancer risks such as fiber and colon cancer came from AICR. The New American plate (which is now being followed by MyPlate) was also presented by AICR. ACS also works together with AICR. The dietary and physical activity guidelines related to reducing cancer risks are usually developed together by the 2 organizations. I would recommend that everyone take a look at the resources for cancer survivors and the cancer-free population before making a judgement.