Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Center

Epidemiology: Who Gets Cancer and Why

Cancer epidemiologists examine the rates of cancer and their relationship with risk factors, such as, which types of cancer occur and which groups of individuals develop the disease. Epidemiology studies may include researching a particular segment of the population, to determine diet, environmental exposure to possible cancer-causing agents or family history of cancer. Researchers use this information to help determine the cause of cancer and to develop strategies to help reduce their cancer risk.

For example, one study being carried out by the Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Center is evaluating the types of cancers Mexican-Americans get most often. We will follow families through generations for many years. One of our goals is to find ways to protect Mexican-Americans from the types of cancer that affect this Texas population.

The mission of the Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Center is to eliminate childhood cancer by improving our understanding of the causes of childhood cancer, establishing a multidisciplinary research program and providing professional and public education.

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