World Cancer Research Fund urges action to stop preventable cancers

July 29, 2017

The U.N. meeting, slated for Sept. 19 and 20 in New York, is only the second ever such high-level meeting to be convened on a threat to global health - the first, a decade ago, was dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS. But there are already fears the summit could be ineffective, with major rich-world players such as the United States, Europe and Japan reluctant to commit to taxes, regulations and targets for reducing the burden of these diseases.

???The real problem is not coming up with new solutions, the real problem is having the will to implement what we already know,??? said Wiseman.

Earlier this year, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley offered reassurance to junk food manufacturers, saying he wanted to avoid ???intrusive, restrictive and costly regulation???. The Government has been criticized for cutting spending on the Change4Life health campaign in favor of getting commercial companies and charities to fill the gap.

Cadbury, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Kellogg's, Kraft, Mars, Nestle and PepsiCo have all been involved, alongside Britvic and supermarket giant Tesco. Some of the companies have reformulated foods so they contain less sugar, saturated fat or salt.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said, ???This week's responsibility deal calorie labeling announcement shows real progress that can be achieved by working with industry voluntarily to help improve public health, creating an environment that supports people to make informed, balanced choices about their health.???