Epidemiology and Cancer Control

The Perlmutter Cancer Center’s Epidemiology and Cancer Control Research Program unites population, laboratory and clinical scientists dedicated to reducing cancer burden in our region and worldwide. Members of the Program are drawn from several schools of NYU, including the School of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Research in the fields of epidemiology and cancer control have made great strides in identifying ways to reduce cancer risk, such as receiving regular medical care, avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol use, avoiding excessive sun, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active. Research has also demonstrated the importance of screening in early diagnosis and improving the outcome of many cancers, including cervical and colorectal. Members of the Perlmutter Cancer Center’s Epidemiology and Cancer Control Research Program continue to build upon these fundamental understandings by studying cancer epidemiology and risk factor modification to find new ways to prevent cancer. Program members are also evaluating new methods for early detection and focus on increasing access to cancer screening for the medically underserved.

At the Perlmutter Cancer Center, investigators strive to undertake the following:

  • understand the causes of cancer in human populations, for application in prevention programs
  • apply cancer biomarkers for early detection and disease monitoring 
  • develop and evaluate behavioral interventions for improved risk reduction and early detection
  • improve health services for cancer early detection and care  

The ethnic and racial diversity of the New York City region is important for  the Epidemiology and Cancer Control Research Program.  Diverse populations are seen at our facilities, including the Bellevue Hospital Center, part of the largest public hospital group in the United States. The Research Program also works closely with the Center for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities, to address the specific needs of underserved populations in the New York City region.