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Cancer

More people today die from cancer than from almost any other cause in the world. The challenges posed by cancer are immense and top scientists at the Yale School of Public Health are committed to reducing its toll.

The departments of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Health Policy and Management are heavily focused on a wide variety of cancer-related research, and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences is renowned for novel approaches to the study of how environmental exposures affect health outcomes. From key partnerships with the Yale Cancer Center to collaborative efforts locally and globally, YSPH scientists are taking significant steps toward preventing and treating a wide range of cancers. Today, research in cancer and other chronic diseases encompasses interdisciplinary teams committed to understanding cancer causation and etiology, prevention, screening and early detection, risk factors, environmental exposures, social determinants of health and survival.

A variety of technologies and approaches are used to detect mechanisms and characteristics of the many different types of cancer, including genomics, metabolomics, social and behavioral effects, evolutionary biology, biostatistical methodology and study design, and outcomes research.

The Yale School of Public Health maintains biospecimens and data from thousands of individuals in more than a dozen studies that can be made applied to future research. It also has partnerships with numerous international cancer researchers, and is the home of leading experts in clinical trial design and data management, and genomic and metabolic centers.