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a piece of paper with colon cancer and a heart shaped paper next to it.

Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.1 Researchers from five CDC-funded academic institutions, known as Prevention Research Centers (PRC), are tackling the problem head-on. In communities experiencing health disparities from rural Appalachia to San Francisco, studies are underway to prevent colon cancer by increasing screenings for the disease. For example, at the University of Kentucky PRC Externalresearchers are encouraging the widespread use of mail-in screening kits.

Learn more about research other PRCs are conducting.


1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Colorectal Cancer Statistics website. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/statistics/index.htm. Accessed Aug. 21, 2018.

Family of four at dinner table eating healthy fruits and vegetables

A network of five CDC Prevention Research Centers (PRC) are testing programs and policies to improve access to healthy foods in low-income communities. The University of California, San Francisco PRCExternal, for example, is working with on-site staff at food panties and food banks to develop and evaluate tools that measure their customers’ intake of healthy foods.

The Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN)External works together to build evidence for healthier food and beverage policies aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as obesity.

Learn more about the research NOPREN PRCs Externalare conducting.

  • Johns Hopkins University PRC—ExternalResearches the expansion of the Baltimore low-income food environment model, which assesses how children 10- to 14-years interact with their food environments including at schools, recreation centers, and food outlets.
  • University of Minnesota PRC—ExternalEvaluates the impact of a local policy change that established minimum stocking criteria for healthy foods as a requirement of grocery store licensing.
  • University of New Mexico, PRC—ExternalHelps to prevent childhood obesity in primarily Hispanic and American Indian communities, the University of New Mexico, PRC is evaluating healthier food and beverage policies in early childcare and education settings.