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Cancer Control and Population Sciences

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Research shows regular exercise promotes a healthier life overall and also reduces the risk of many cancers.

Making a Difference for Cancer Patients through Population Based Research

At the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, the depth of our unique research programs and expertise of our research scientists are significantly reducing the burden of cancer for many. For cancer control and population sciences, our teams are pioneering research into the more unique risks of cancer - based on genetic and environmental factors of similar population groups in heterogeneous health care environments.

The Cancer Control and Population Science division is organized into two research programs:

Health Behaviors and Outcomes Program Success Stories

The Health Behaviors and Outcomes Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Program focuses on identifying health behaviors and testing health interventions to improve the cancer care experience. Our patient stories truly show the way in which we have reduced the burden of cancer and improved lives. Through research and discovery of a range of strategies, our teams are making significant progress in implementing new interventions and personalizing behavioral science.

Using Big Data to Find Patients at Risk

Research scientists at the Cancer Epidemiology & Prevention Program are using big data to and advanced genomic, proteomic, metabolomics and imaging technologies to understand cancer risk in our local population and beyond. Their work focuses on the interplay between lifestyles, the environment and molecular exposures.

The discovery of environmental factors and the identification of population-based risks provide a wealth of data to better determine the unique interactions for an individual that can reduce their individual burden of cancer.

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A recent study tested whether video taping patient care visits and making these videos available for later viewing, improved patients' overall outcomes.

New Opportunities to Communicate with Populations

With improvements in technology and a more widely accepted use of social media and smart devices, our research team can more easily communicate with a range of populations. This informational explosion has revolutionized how we can change population behaviors – even using texting to communicate and promote cancer screenings. Our goal is to significantly affect prevention.

Shared Resources Supports Primary and Secondary Prevention

Cancer prevention strategies for both primary (prevent cancer) and secondary (screen for cancer) are supported by the University of Michigan’s Shared Resources. The Health Communications and the Biostatistics Analytics and Bioinformatics Shared Resources provide significant support to Cancer Control and Population Sciences researchers. Preventing cancer through lifestyle, behavior and genetics is our goal through the analysis of data and the interface of genetic profiles.

For More Information about Cancer Control through Prevention

If you have questions about cancer control through prevention strategies, or would like more information about our research programs, please contact our team.

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