Cancer Institute

  • Cancer Epidemiology Program

    Cancer affects people. Cancer affects families. Cancer affects communities. Cancer affects economies. While tremendous improvements have been made against cancer based on laboratory research, the benefits of this research cannot be realized unless they become available to all.

    There are many unanswered questions that can't be answered solely within the confines of a laboratory, and these are at the heart of the research conducted by members of the Cancer Epidemiology Program.

    Why are some groups of people more susceptible to cancers than other groups? Are there unrecognized environmental causes of cancer that threaten certain communities? Are certain risky behaviors, such as smoking, more acceptable or even encouraged within certain subcultures? Why do some individuals do seek cancer screening, why do some people not seek or receive effective treatment for cancer? Patterns of human behavior can be as complex as cancer itself, and understanding how people interact with health care delivery systems is not as simple as it seems.

    The goal of the Cancer Epidemiology Program is to fully understand the statistics of cancer so as to improve cancer control outcomes.