The Division of Cancer Prevention furthers the mission of the National Cancer Institute by leading, supporting, and promoting rigorous, innovative research and training to prevent cancer and its consequences to improve the health of all people.
Making cancer prevention possible
If your family member had cancer, would you want to know if you carried a gene mutation that increased your risk of the same cancer? This question is at the heart of three novel research projects underway to determine how best to connect with the family members of women with ovarian cancer so they can decide whether to get genetic testing and counseling about their own risk of cancer.
A year ago, I said that coming on board as the Division of Cancer Prevention Director in July 2020 was a “challenge,” adding that I had faith in science that the pandemic would be solved soon. Science has brought us a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 and medicine to treat the disease, but we still aren’t all together in the workspace or many other places. We all look forward to that day.
Early in his long medical career, the Italian surgeon Umberto Veronesi, M.D., recognized the value of cancer prevention. His contributions over a half-century of work came not from an epidemiological perspective, but from interventions to change people’s cancer risk and improve their lives...
Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., is known for mentoring, empowering and supporting women scientists throughout her career. Dr. Bernstein is a member of the Department of Population Sciences at City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment organization near Los Angeles.