is part of the Europe-wide EPIC study, the largest study of diet
and health ever undertaken. It involves over half a million people
in ten countries. By studying very many people in different countries
with differing diets, using carefully designed and tested questionnaires,
EPIC should produce much more specific information about the effect
of diet on long-term health than previous studies.
Different groups of people (cohorts) are being recruited in each
centre. The elements common to all centres are: detailed information
on diet and lifestyle obtained by questionnaire, measurements such
as height, weight, waist and hip, and blood samples stored in liquid
The Nutrition and Cancer Unit of IARC
in Lyon co-ordinates the international EPIC study, which is carried
out with the support of the Europe Against Cancer programme
of the European Commission.