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Cancer Prevention and Control

About 42% of cancer cases and 45% of cancer deaths in the U.S. are believed to be preventable. The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) research program seeks to identify new ways to prevent cancer and improve cancer outcomes, with a focus on high-risk and underserved communities in the cancer center’s catchment area. Its goals are to:

  • Detect molecular changes associated with cancer initiation and progression
  • Identify and develop biomarkers for early-phase prevention and survivorship trials
  • Test new strategies to reduce cancer incidence
  • Test interventions that may reduce late effects of cancer treatment
  • Identify better ways to reduce health disparities by bringing cancer control efforts into high-risk and underserved communities, including American Indian, African American, Latino and rural communities
  • Identify new strategies to improve smoking cessation and enhance the delivery of effective smoking cessation services
  • Test implementation strategies for cancer control interventions in clinical and community settings

The Cancer Prevention and Control research program is led by Christie Befort, PhD, associate director, Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH, Jennifer Klemp, PhD, and Nikki Nollen, PhD.

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