Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Arizona. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 40,000 new cancer cases in Arizona in 2023. Over the past 30 years, cancer mortality has steadily declined.
The primary reasons for this decline are increased cancer prevention and control (CPC), which includes early detection (e.g., biological markers), prevention (e.g., interventions or approaches to block and delay early cancer), screening, health care delivery, quality of life and/or survivorship related to cancer. More specifically, improved early detection via screening (e.g., breast cancer), reductions in smoking and improvements in the quality of cancer care are major reasons for this decrease, but much more research is needed to further reduce cancer mortality, with particular focus on underserved populations because reductions have not been as great in that population.
The College of Health Solutions has a strong body of faculty with expertise in cancer prevention and control, but there has been no effort to bring that expertise together to foster collaboration within the college and between Health Solutions faculty and others within and outside of ASU to foster advances in CPC research.
The goal of this translational team is to develop greater collaborative team research across the cancer prevention and control spectrum, with particular emphasis on the development of community partnerships (health care, nonprofits, government, business, schools) and engagement of students.