Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Control Program

Program Leader(s)

Description of the Program

The overall mission of the Cancer Control Program is to reduce the incidence, promotion and progression of cancer, to minimize disease morbidity and mortality, and optimize quality of life. The program includes high impact translational science; a focus on understanding and attenuating disparity in disease risk and outcomes; and the ability to access and affect unique populations in our catchment area and beyond.

The program is co-led by Drs. Erin Kobetz and J. Sunil Rao. Members represent multiple University departments and disciplines, including communications, education, engineering, epidemiology and public health sciences, microbiology/immunology, medical oncology, pediatrics, psychology, and psychiatry. The membership is balanced across basic, population and clinical research.

Goals of the Program

The Cancer Control Program strives to advance the science of cancer control, particularly for the diverse communities which comprise South Florida, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s catchment area. This interdisciplinary endeavor is strategically aligned with the program’s three specific aims:

  • To characterize the cancer burden among diverse population sub-groups in South Florida: Under the first aim, program members use primary and secondary data sources to characterize the local cancer burden, and identify key variability in the health behavior practices, cultural norms, and environmental exposures of vulnerable minorities and occupational groups
  • To develop novel methods to predict cancer risk and outcome: Program members in the second aim then develop innovative methodologies, including statistical approaches, to better predict cancer risk and outcomes, accounting for the role multilevel determinants (from individual biology to social context) play in shaping disease estimates
  • To design and test innovative interventions to reduce cancer disparities from prevention to survivorship: Members aligned with the third aim, in turn, translate ensuing knowledge into interventions to address the influence of identified determinants across the cancer continuum (e.g., prevention to survivorship) and life course (e.g., child to adult)


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