The Population Sciences and Health Disparities Program’s goal is to conduct impactful research to prevent and/or reduce the cancer burden in the cancer center's catchment area and beyond. The Program's research examines common cancer affecting the people of Central and Northern California. It focuses on preventable cancers and health disparities within the catchment area, spanning the cancer control continuum, from cancer etiology, primary prevention, screening, and diagnosis to treatment, surveillance, and outcomes. The research leverages the unique strengths of UC Davis and the diversity within the catchment area.

The Program's specific aims include (1) discovering etiological factors for cancer occurrence and advanced disease to mitigate health disparities, and (2) evaluating determinants and interventions to improve cancer outcomes and inform evidence-based practices.

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