Cancer touches the lives of millions of people.

It is the second leading cause of death worldwide but someday it won’t be – due to progress in public health research.

Cancer is a complex set of diseases, and our researchers are still uncovering the medical details. Equally as important are the broader impacts of cancer, such as quality of life, costs, better treatments and cures.

When the NC legislature created the University Cancer Research Fund in 2007, it positioned us to transform the field, locally and globally -- and that is what we do, every day. Using a precision health approach, researchers at the Gillings School characterize the genesis of cancer and enhance earlier detection. Through implementation science, we increase the likelihood that people get access to screening and effective treatment.

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