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Research in Our Communities

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is at the front line, working in and collaborating with the communities in our catchment area to eradicate cancer disparities. This community-engaged approach is urgently important in our understanding of the health challenges faced by those we serve, particularly those who suffer from cancer disproportionately.

As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in the region, our research is driven by how cancer affects those living in our catchment area, which includes the state of Kansas and western Missouri. Specifically, we strive to reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cancer and enhance quality of life.

The cancer center’s catchment area encompasses a diverse set of communities. This includes a rapidly growing Latino community, black/African Americans, American Indians, including 4 reservations, immigrant Asians and elderly rural whites – all of whom tend to be medically underserved. For example, African American women are much more likely than white women to die of breast cancer.

Researchers in the Cancer Prevention and Control research program have developed resources and programs to tackle these gaps in cancer care and prevention.

Community-based research programs

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