American Family Children's Hospital

Scientific Goals

In support of its mission to use population science to identify effective and equitable approaches to reduce the burden of cancer, the research goals of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program are organized into four main thematic areas:

Etiology & Prevention

  • To elucidate cancer risk biomarkers and modifiable risk factors, monitor trends in risk factors and the cancer burden, as well as identify effective interventions to alter exposure to these risk factors.

Detection & Diagnosis

  • To optimize the use of early detection modalities and the diagnosis of cancer.


  • To improve the quality of cancer care delivery through supporting cancer treatment decision making and identifying areas of under- or over-utilization of treatments.

Survivorship & Palliative Care

  • To identify methods to maximize both the length and quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer through personalized interventions that impact populations.