Cancer Prevention and Control
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1. Risk Assessment and Prevention
Through Fox Chase's Risk Assessment Program, you have the option to take part in research studies that help us learn more about cancer risk and prevention.
By studying the biological, genetic, and environmental factors that influence cancer risk, researchers at Fox Chase are working to understand more about the hereditary factors, or genes, that influence cancer; who is at risk for certain types of cancers; and how we might reduce this risk.
In addition, our researchers are looking at how cancer risk and genetic information affect individual and family decisions, and are developing ways of communicating cancer risk information more effectively to patients and their families. Read More.
Cancerous changes in a normal cell may result from a variety of causes, including:
- dietary factors
- tobacco and alcohol use
- other environmental agents
- internal genetic components
To learn how to stop cancer before it starts, the Fox Chase Cancer Center is conducting several clinical studies for people at risk for certain cancers. These studies test the ability of various medicines to prevent cancer. Called chemoprevention, it is the unique strategy to reduce cancer risk through the use of natural or synthetic compounds.
3. Extramural Research and Community Outreach
- Discovering new treatments for patients with pancreatic, biliary and colorectal cancer
- Primary research focus is on prevention and survivorship issues
- Interpreting and explaining research findings in a clear and understandable manner
The Health Communications and Health Disparities (HCHD) department at Fox Chase Cancer Center is committed to helping define new evidence-based programs and best practice methods. The HCHD department carries out or participates in research projects addressing issues such as health literacy, health communications, health disparities in specific populations, patient navigation and clinical trial participation.
4. Behavioral Science Research
The identification of psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence how people cope with cancer risk, disease, and survivorship can inform novel approaches for improving outcomes. Research efforts focus on the development and evaluation of interventions designed to improve adherence to recommended cancer prevention and early detection regimens, facilitate informed decision making, and reduce the burden of cancer among patients and their family members. Read More.