World Cancer Report Webinar Series - Obesity and cancer

"Evidence linking obesity and cancer" and "Interventions - What are the successes? What about the future?"

Live webinar spaces are limited. Register now and join early on the day! A livestream will also be available from this page. 



Obesity is an established risk factor for cancer at 13 anatomical sites and given its growing prevalence worldwide, it is likely that obesity will contribute to a growing number of incident cancers in the coming decades. 

The link between obesity and cancer raises questions regarding translation of this knowledge into effective preventive measures. In this webinar we will discuss how we might effectively tackle the obesity-cancer link. 

Firstly, we will provide an overview of current understanding on the epidemiology and biology of the obesity-cancer relationship as well as outstanding research questions. 

Secondly, we will discuss the challenges of ongoing and future interventions aimed at breaking the obesity-cancer link and explore what can be done at both the societal and individual level to tackle the obesity crisis and its impact on the cancer burden


Dr Marc Gunter. Head of the Section of Nutrition and Metabolism

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), World Health Organization
Lyon, France


Dr Edward L. Giovannucci, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA

 Areas of expertise:

  • How nutritional, environmental, and lifestyle factors relate to various malignancies, especially those of the colorectum, other gastrointestinal cancers, and prostate cancer.
  • Etiological mechanisms underlying the relationship between nutritional factors and cancer

Professional posts:

  • Professor in the Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, and Instructor in Cancer Epidemiology and Nutritional Epidemiology of Cancer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
  • Expert panel member for the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute of Cancer Research

Dr Annie S. Anderson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition

University of Dundee, Scotland

 Areas of expertise: 

  • Nutrition and clinical dietetic practice
  • Theory-based, behaviourally-focused, dietary and obesity (population and individual) interventions aimed at chronic disease risk reduction, with a special interest in cancer prevention and survivorship

Professional posts:

  • Professor at the University of Dundee since 1996
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP) since 2013 
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSA) (2020)
  • International and national roles include advisor to WHO expert groups, Chair of the grant panel for the Population Health Services Research Committee Research Awards and the Health Research Board (Ireland)