The mission of the Program is to build a robust, transdisciplinary cancer prevention and control research and training program to reduce the burden of cancer in Oklahoma’s most vulnerable populations, with special foci on the American Indian and rural populations. The program has several goals, including:
(1) Health Disparities: To develop and employ novel community engagement strategies to overcome persistent cancer health disparities that affect American Indians and rural populations.
(2) Tobacco Control: To examine basic mechanisms underlying tobacco initiation, maintenance, cessation, and relapse, and to develop and evaluate novel tobacco treatments.
(3) Chemoprevention: To apply natural, synthetic or biological agents to reverse or suppress premalignant lesion progression to invasive disease in high-risk cohorts in Oklahoma and nationally.