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Cancer Control Program

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Program Co-Leaders

Crane, Tracy, Ph.D.
Penedo, Frank J., Ph.D.


The overall mission of the Cancer Control (CC) Program is to reduce the incidence, promotion, and progression of cancer, minimize disease morbidity and mortality, and optimize quality of life. The program includes high impact translational science — which is a focus on understanding and attenuating disparity in disease risk and outcomes — and the ability to access and affect unique populations in our area and beyond.

Drs. Tracy Crane and Frank J. Penedo bring together members representing multiple University departments and disciplines, including communications, education, epidemiology, and other public health sciences, medical oncology, pediatrics, psychology, and psychiatry. The membership is balanced across basic, population, and clinical research, united by the shared belief that the full value of fundamental discoveries is achieved when research is translated into evidence-based clinical and public health strategies. In addition, program members work closely with investigators across the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami.

Program Goals

The Cancer Control Program strives to advance the science of cancer control, particularly for the diverse communities that comprise South Florida, and our goal is to reduce the burden of cancer in South Florida. This interdisciplinary endeavor is strategically aligned with the program’s two specific aims:

  • Identify and characterize multi-level determinants of cancer risk and etiology among diverse populations.
  • Design and test innovative interventions to reduce cancer disparities and improve outcomes from prevention to survivorship.

What Makes Our Cancer Control Program Unique

  • We are intimately linked to our catchment area and driven by local cancer statistics.
  • We engage in participatory action and research work guided by various theoretical approaches in community-based, epidemiological, psychosocial and lifestyle research with our stakeholders, including those most impacted by these cancers, to help them understand where need can drive action
  • Our research work is grounded in advanced statistical methodology and capitalizes on eHealth technologies to advance cancer control.

Program Members