CEPCP has three goals:
- Identify and characterize the role of genetic, environmental, and biological factors in cancer etiology
- Evaluate novel cancer prevention and control interventions
- Identify lifestyle, genetic and epigenetic factors associated with cancer clinical response related to the aggressiveness of disease or prognosis
The CEPCP accomplishes these aims through the efforts of two interacting groups of investigators: the Cancer Epidemiology Group and the Cancer Prevention and Control Group. Interacting with investigators from basic and clinical sciences, both groups maintain a translational focus by working in population settings and generating new knowledge with direct and immediate relevance to human applications.
The emergence and strength of multiple disease-specific programs led to major interactions between the members of CEPCP and the Lung and Thoracic Malignancies Program and Head and Neck Cancer Program, where CEPCP members serve as co-leaders for projects within the respective SPORES.