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New Advances in Community-Based Approaches to Cancer Epidemiology Prevention

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Infectious Diseases, Chronic Diseases, and Disease Prevention".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2025 | Viewed by 21

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Department of Pediatrics, College of Allied Health Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
Interests: citizen science; health promotion; environmental health literacy; community-based participatory research; molecular epidemiology; clinical research; human papillomavirus
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A Special issue focused on community-based approaches to cancer prevention, screening, and survivorship in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is being organized. For detailed information on this journal, please refer to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. As treatments have improved, there are also now more than 18 million survivors of cancer. However, not all people equally benefit from the screening, treatment, and survivorship programs available, and not all programs are available in all geographical areas. Indeed, while patient navigation is very helpful to patients, ambulatory navigation targeting patients undergoing treatment is only offered by some hospitals. Rarely is patient navigation available to support prevention, screening, and survivorship. Considerable cancer disparities exist, making community outreach and engagement efforts even more critical to ensuring equitable access to screening and care. To reach vulnerable populations, practitioners need to partner with community representatives and trusted organizations to better understand their communities' unique cultures and needs so that materials, programs, and clinical protocols can be appropriately tailored. Further, researchers need to develop strategies to study the dietary, lifestyle, and environmental risk factors and social determinants of health that predispose populations to cancer and to create opportunities to encourage community members to learn about the purpose of research, how participants are protected from harm, and why people of all backgrounds and walks of life need to participate to make research generalizable to all.  Finally, understanding the cost of cancer in terms of health expenditure and life loss is crucial in decreasing its full impact. This Special Issue is open to the subject area of community engagement and cancer. The keywords listed below provide an outline of some of the possible areas of interest.

Prof. Dr. Melinda S. Butsch Kovacic
Guest Editor

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  • community engagement
  • community outreach
  • CBPR
  • cancer education
  • community co-design
  • cancer prevention
  • cancer screening
  • cancer diagnosis
  • cancer treatment
  • cancer survivorship
  • patient navigation
  • lay educator training
  • community health worker
  • community stakeholders
  • cost of cancer
  • risk factors
  • social determinants of health
  • equitable research participation
  • diverse participation in clinical trials
  • cancer disparities
  • access to care
  • primary care
  • comorbidities
  • cancer advocacy
  • supportive services

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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