Research and Training Grants in Skin Cancer

We support an Extramural Grants program that funds individual investigators engaged in cancer research or training at medical schools, universities, research institutes and hospitals throughout the U.S. Following rigorous and independent peer review, the most innovative research projects are selected for support.

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Total Grants in Effect for Disparities Research

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Total Grant Funding in Effect for Disparities Research

Spotlight on Cancer Disparities Grantees

The following are just a few of the investigators currently being funded by the American Cancer Society who are working to find the answers that will save more lives and better address cancer disparities.

Cher Dallal, PhD, University of Maryland

Black and white women get breast cancer at roughly the same rate, but black women are more likely to die from it. The key question researchers are still trying to answer is: Why? Dallal thinks she will find some answers by studying the relationships between a woman’s activity level and her biological makeup. She is looking for what are called biobehavioral links – ways your biology and your behavior interact. And she is focusing on how these connections play out in white versus black women who have survived breast cancer. She’s supported by a 5-year American Cancer Society grant.

Marimer Santiago-Rivas, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sina

There’s a prevailing myth that people with darker skin don’t get skin cancer. This misconception is causing problems. For example, skin cancer rates are rising among Hispanics in the United States; and in the past 2 decades, they’ve gone up nearly 20%. Santiago-Rivas is hoping to change this. With the help of a grant from the American Cancer Society, she is working to create a tool to help Hispanics and Latinos better understand their risk of skin cancer and make it a habit to protect their skin from the sun.

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Palliative care specialists and resources are often limited in rural areas. Bakitas, a leader in palliative care, is testing a phone-based intervention for cancer patients and family caregivers. She hopes to ultimately create a palliative care toolkit that other cancer centers could use nationwide

Derek M. Griffith, PhD, Vanderbilt University

Research shows that when church leaders talk about ways to improve health, congregants tend to listen. That’s why Griffith is testing a church-based weight-loss program for African American men. The weight-loss program, called Mighty Men, isn’t just about improving overall health. It’s also about reducing cancer disparities among black men. Death rates from colorectal cancer, one of several cancers associated with obesity, have remained about 50% higher in black men than in white men since 2005, according to Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans, 2016-2018. And black men have the highest cancer death rate of any racial/ethnic group of men or women in the US.

From Our Researchers

The American Cancer Society employs a staff of full-time researchers who relentlessly pursue the answers that help us understand and eliminate cancer and health disparities.

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