National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
August 10, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 16

Cancer.gov Update

NCI Recovery Act Web Site Highlights Cancer Disparity Studies

NCI has added a new article to its Recovery Act Web site that highlights how Recovery Act funding is enabling collaboration among researchers from different institutions to conduct genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to better understand why some populations experience disproportionately high rates of certain cancers.

Researchers at institutions such as the University of Southern California, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute/Wayne State University, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and University of California, San Francisco, are conducting studies of African American patients with the goal of uncovering genetic factors that are associated with prostate and lung cancer risks. Researchers hope these findings will ultimately lead to improvements in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment.