Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program Aims for High Marks
"Our most important measure of success is the success of the people who finish our program," said CPFP Director David Nelson, MD, MPH. "We would really like them to think of these as some of the best years of their lives and very much something that helps them expand their opportunities and their ways of thinking."
The Importance of Cancer Prevention and Its Challenges
"…we must keep in mind that it is difficult to make healthy people better off than they already are. Preventive interventions must not only work, but also not cause more harm than good." ~ Dr Barry Kramer, Director, NCI Division of Cancer Prevention
The Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP) conducts and supports research to determine a person's risk of cancer and to find ways to reduce the risk. This knowledge is critical to making progress against cancer because risk varies over the lifespan as genetic and epigenetic changes can transform healthy tissue into invasive cancer.
With an overall goal to detect such changes and intervene early in the cancer process to prevent symptomatic disease and death, DCP funds and provides administrative support to clinical and laboratory researchers, community and multidisciplinary teams, and collaborative scientific networks.