Population science aims to reduce risk, incidence and deaths from cancer as well as enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors. Molecular epidemiology studies discover physiologic changes that occur prior to the clinical appearance of cancer, which may contribute to the understanding of cancer etiology or serve as predictive biomarkers. Population science efforts ensure that the products of cancer control research are effectively applied to all segments of the population.
Population science research generates new knowledge about:
- The distribution of cancer in populations
- Risk factors for all types of cancer
- Effective interventions for early detection and effective treatment
- Cancer trends in all segments of the population.
Experts within the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center have an integrated program of the high quality research, consisting of genetic, epidemiological, behavioral, social, applied and surveillance cancer studies. Their research efforts contribute to:
- Understanding the developmental origin of cancer
- Identifying and validating biomarkers for risk assessment
- Enabling early detection and prediction of cancer recurrence
- Understanding the impact of environmental, lifestyle, behavioral, psychological, socio-cultural risk factors of cancer
- Establishing and maintaining relevant study populations or cohorts
- Implementing effective measures for cancer control and prevention