Cancer Control Program

Cancer Control is focused on improving the current knowledge base for promoting overall reductions in cancer incidence, mortality and morbidity as outlined in Healthy People 2020. Studies include: 1) promoting the decline in tobacco consumption in the United States; 2) improving lifestyle patterns (such as physical activity and nutrition) observed to be protective against cancer; 3) studying the efficacy of cancer prevention efforts; and 4) improving measures of environmental exposure used in cancer prevention and control studies.

The goal of the Cancer Control program (CC) is to understand and reduce the risk of cancer, cancer recurrence, and cancer mortality; with cross cutting themes of disparities and technology. The aims of the program reflect the expertise of its members across the continuum of cancer control from prevention behaviors and policies, promoting screening uptake, connected care, and survivorship. The CC addresses catchment area issues via its emphasis on research in Hispanics and low-income populations. Researchers use community-based participatory research approaches to address catchment area disparities in health behaviors, including obesity and diabetes.

The Specific Aims of the CC are:
  • To reduce the prevalence of tobacco product use and tobacco related cancer risk

  • To improve breast and colon cancer screening and detection rates

  • To reduce the risk of obesity-related cancer incidence and recurrence

  • To improve treatment and survivorship

Programmatic aims are unified and integrated by two cross-cutting themes: 
    1. Cancer disparities - we hope to understand and reduce disparities, particularly within the catchment area
    2. Technology - we seek to use technology to improve assessment and communication of cancer risk factors

    Cancer Cell

    Jacqueline Kerr,PhD

    Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Research summary​​

    John P. Elder, PhD, MPH

    Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Distinguished Professor of Public Health, San Diego State University
    Research summary​​