Cancer Epidemiology Prevention & Control Program

This program is committed to identifying lifestyle and environmental risk factors for cancer occurrence and recurrence, translating its research findings to eliminate the burden of cancer through community engagement and education, and transforming public health policy and health care practices.

Members of this program are grouped into three thematic areas:

  • Cancer etiology
  • Risk assessment and reduction (primary, secondary and primordial)
  • Cancer disparities and health equity

Program members focus on:

  • Understanding the developmental origins of cancer
  • Identification and validation of biomarkers for risk assessment
  • Early detection and prediction of recurrence
  • The impact of environmental, lifestyle, behavioral, psychosocial, and/or the social-cultural risk factors of cancer
  • Establishment and maintenance of relevant study populations and cohorts
  • Implementation of effective measures for cancer control and prevention

Special emphasis is placed on leading-edge technologies, unique resources and emerging challenges for cancer control and prevention. Our resources include unique populations, strengths in epigenetic epidemiology and opportunities in cancer disparity and health equity.

Program Leader:
Susan Pinney, PhD is the Deputy Director of the NIEHS-funded Center for Environmental Genetics, and serves as the lead epidemiologist in several multi-center, large scale, population based studies on breast and lung cancer. She is also an expert on community observation programs.