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Project connects researchers, Latino communities to prevent cancer
Date:2/7/2011

reduce cancer-related health disparities in Latinos.

Research focus on smoking, diet and activity

The goal of the research program's intervention study is to develop and evaluate innovative approaches to reduce cancer risk related to the three leading behavioral risk factors for cancer: smoking, poor diet and physical inactivity. It will focus on participants in Mano a Mano, which is a long-term health study of people of Mexican origin living in Harris County. The study collects information on participants and their families, including date, place of birth and health status, and updates the information regularly for up to 10 years.

"Mano a Mano is the infrastructure for the research program," says Melissa Bondy, Ph.D., cohort principal investigator and professor in MD Anderson's Department of Epidemiology. "We maintain data on everyone in the study so we can recruit certain types of people when needed for interventions, such as smokers or those with higher body mass index."

The goal of the project's study is to apply quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate demographic, acculturation and psychological factors and their interaction with the social environment. That information will be used to determine how those factors influence Mexican-American's willingness to provide biologic specimens, such as blood samples, for crucial aspects of comprehensive research such as bio-banking.

"We're looking at barriers and how to overcome them," says Wetter. "We need to increase minority participation in bio-banking and clinical trials so we can develop interventions and treatments that will work across this particular ethnic group."

Wetter and Lovell Jones, Ph.D., director of the Center for Research on Minority Health and professor of Health Disparities Research at MD Anderson, are principal investigators on the research core.

Training: Strengthening the cadre

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Contact: Rakhee Sharma
rsharma3@mdanderson.org
713-792-3444
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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