The goal of the Cancer Prevention & Control Program is to develop and implement ways to reduce cancer risk and enhance outcomes for cancer survivors across Colorado.
The Cancer Prevention and Control Program is comprised of 32 Full and Associate members from all 5 academic consortium institutions, 7 schools and centers, and 18 academic departments within the University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University, and University of Colorado Boulder.
Develop and evaluate novel approaches to primary prevention and screening.
Disseminate prevention interventions in a population-based setting.
Improve health services delivery for cancer patients and outcomes for cancer suvivors.
(longevity, comorbidity, quality of life, and mortality)
Population Sciences Research
Behavioral Research in Primary and Secondary Prevention
Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship Research
Cancer Prevention and Control research has led to advancements in primary and clinical preventive services, statewide policies, and improved cancer survivorship. Cancer Prevention and Control investigators studied promising agents in pre-clinical studies, identified breast cancer risk factors in Hispanic women, developed and operated the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, made advancements in the understanding of obesity and breast cancer, and affected cancer prevention and control policy across the state.
Fall 2018 Accomplishments:
Dr. Zhou is
conducting a pilot study funded by ACS IRG to determine factors that get in the
way of people trying to quit smoking in our local community—North Aurora,
Colorado. The research project identifies and locates the different types of
environmental cues to cigarette smoking through guided tours accompanied by
smokers living in low-income communities in Aurora, CO. It also assesses
smokers’ psychological and behavioral reactions to the different types of environmental
triggers. This research provides us a better understanding of the types and
prevalence of environmental triggers of smoking in low-income communities,
helps reduce the disparity in tobacco use, and can inform tobacco regulation. Based on findings from this pilot
work, Dr. Zhou will use virtual reality (VR) as the tool to measure smokers’
reactions to smoking cues and develop
an innovative mobile-based intervention integrating
EMA and GIS methods to facilitate tobacco cessation.
Physical ActivityHeather Leach, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, recently received a grant from the American Cancer Society to study how to increase physical activity and quality of life in patients recovering from colorectal cancer. The $718,000 grant will run for five years.Leach, who has a background in clinical exercise physiology, and behavioral science, with a Ph.D. in kinesiology, will be studying ways to encourage physical activity in colorectal cancer survivors.
“This grant serves multiple functions for Dr. Leach,” said Barry Braun, department head in Health and Exercise Science. “It is a very strong message from the cancer research community that she is a rising star and her research is a good investment. It has a theory-based, scientific question asking ‘what are the factors that drive behavior change?’ And, it has a direct connection to human health that we value highly in the department and college – with very tangible real-world relevance to the lives of actual cancer survivors.”For further information click here.
Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar Series
The Cancer Prevention and Control Program is hosting a seminar series on the 2nd Wednesday of every monthn the Chester E. Ridgeway Conference room 7000 in AO1 unless otherwise noted.
We take a break for the summer months, but we will be back in full swing in September of 2018. Put these dates on your calendar and then check back for more information as we get closer:
August 14, 2019 - Speaker Michael Chaiton re Smoking Cessation
This talk will cover some of the difficulties in helping people quit smoking and why population-wide measures like banning menthol from cigarettes may be much more effective at reducing the prevalence of smoking.
September 11, 2019 – Speaker is an Intervention Methodologist
October 9, 2019 – Speaker TBD
November 13, 2019 - Speaker TBD
December 11, 2019 - Speaker Swati Patel
January 8, 2020 - Speaker TBD
February 12, 2020 – Speakers will be Drs. Adgate and McKenzie
March 11, 2020 - Speaker Elizabeth Ryan re Dietary Interventions for Primary Prevention of Colon Cancer
April 8, 2020 – Speaker TBD
May 13, 2020 - Speaker TBD
Check back for upcoming presentation details or contact Ellen Valentine at 303-724-8421 for details.
Cancer Prevention and Control Annual Retreat
Stay tuned for more details about the 2020 event!