Cancer Disparities Initiative - Featured Research


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Women's Circle of Health Study

The Women's Circle of Health Study
Aiming to evaluate factors explaining the earlier age at diagnosis and the more aggressive nature of breast cancer in African-American women, compared to Caucasian women.

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Kaiser Permanente Research on Ovarian Cancer Survival

KP-ROCS (Kaiser Permanente-Research on Ovarian Cancer Survival) 
A cohort study aiming to evaluate the role of obesity in ovarian cancer treatment and survival.

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AACES study

The AACES Study
Aiming to study risk factors for ovarian cancer in African American women in nine geographical areas in the United States.

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AMBER Consortium

The AMBER Consortium
Collaboration of four epidemiologic studies aiming to evaluate risk factors for breast cancer subtypes in African American women.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Weight Loss Study

The Breast Cancer Survivors Weight Loss Study
The purpose of the study is to pilot test the use of a free internet weight loss program, along with a Fitbit activity monitor, in helping overweight African-American breast cancer survivors lose weight.

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IMPACT Study

IMPACT Study
This study aims to improve understanding of patients’ access to quality cancer care and in the state of New Jersey and to learn about quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.

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DESI SEHAT

DESI SEHAT
A research program being conducted to help people learn more about colorectal cancer and decide if getting screened is right for them. This study aims to promote screening-related behaviors in the growing South Asian community and has the potential to improve the health of South Asians, i.e. DESI SEHAT.

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Project SOL

Project SOL (Sun-safety for Outdoor Laborers)
The goal of this project is to develop and test a culturally relevant sun-safety education program for the Hispanic outdoor day laborer population who work or reside in the Greater New Brunswick (New Jersey) area.

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Skin Cancer-Related Behaviors among Adults in Puerto Rico
The increasing incidence of skin cancer in Puerto Rico in recent years has not been accompanied by heightened research or public health initiatives. In this project, we are developing and implementing a comprehensive, theory-driven, culturally relevant survey of skin cancer-related behaviors and potential correlates in a representative sample of adults in Puerto Rico.

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Skin Cancer Prevention, Risk, and Surveillance Behaviors among U.S. Hispanics
We have used data from the National Health Interview Survey, and our own population-based survey of almost 800 Hispanic adults, to document skin cancer prevention, risk, and surveillance behaviors among U.S. Hispanics. The results of our studies indicate that many Hispanic adults do not routinely engage in behaviors that reduce their skin cancer risk.

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Adipokines, Adipokine Receptors, and Disparities in Breast Cancer Clinicopathological Features
The goal of this study is to uncover potential mechanisms linking obesity and breast cancer among a cohort of breast cancer cases enrolled in the Women’s Circle of Health Study (WCHS). This study will also explore the association between adiposity-related biomarkers within the breast and the triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) phenotype.

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Neighborhood Characteristics and Breast Cancer Clinicopathological Features among African Americans
This proposed study will examine the association between neighborhood characteristics and breast tumor clinicopathologic features among African American women participating in the Women’s Circle of Health Study (WCHS).

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Retrospective Collection and Validation of HER2 Data for Invasive Breast Cancers Diagnosed in New Jersey from 2008-2013
This pilot study will retrospectively collect and validate HER2 data (specifically for years 2008 and 2009) through the New Jersey State Cancer Registry to establish a population-based cohort of female breast cancer cases diagnosed from 2008-2013 and examine the distribution of and factors associated with breast cancer subtypes in New Jersey during this time period.

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Cervical Cancer Control and High-risk HPV infection Prevalence among Low-income Uninsured/Underinsured Women in New Jersey
The goal of this pilot study is to characterize women in New Jersey who seek cervical cancer screening and follow-up care services through the New Jersey Cancer Early Education and Detection Program (NJCEED), to understand factors associated with HR-HPV infection and losses to follow-up after an abnormal cervical cancer screening test.

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Cancer Disparities in Trinidad and Tobago
This study will examine patterns and trends of cancer incidence and mortality in Trinidad and Tobago and explore cancer disparities by ancestry and geographical residence among incident cases reported to the Trinidad and Tobago cancer registry between January 1995 and December 2007.

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