University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Control Research Program

Cancer Control Research (CCR) Program at USC Norris overarching goal is reducing and eliminating cancer health disparities among the populations represented in the USC Norris catchment area, with implications for other populations globally. The program has three specific aims: 1) to elucidate the etiology of cancer risk behaviors in the general population; 2) to develop primary prevention interventions that modify cancer risk behavior; and 3) to enhance secondary prevention, clinical care, and survivorship.

The program co-leaders, Myles Cockburn, PhD, and Joel Milam, PhD, have complementary recognized expertise in cancer prevention and cancer survivorship. The 31 members represent three schools and six departments at USC. These members focus on reducing cancer disparities and improving cancer outcomes through behavioral, health economic and psychosocial research. A hallmark of this program is the application of innovative theory and methodology to develop integrated lines of research on cancer risk behaviors and preventive interventions. Recent achievements of the program include research advancements in reducing tobacco use and developing interventions to address sedentary behavior, low physical activity, and poor diet. Additional research has focused on the cancer care and quality of life among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. The FDA and NIH recently awarded the program one of nine original grants as part of the Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) to support research to inform the regulation of tobacco products.

Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program