Since creating the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences in 1994, MD Anderson has become an acknowledged international leader in the field of cancer prevention. MD Anderson’s program encompasses basic science, clinical cancer prevention, epidemiology and health disparities research, all of which are expanding and becoming integrated through the new Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment. This institute was named for the late Dan Duncan and his family in honor of their landmark gift of $35 million. Their generosity continues to propel the expansion of MD Anderson’s prevention program through an additional $15 million gift. The Duncan Family Institute will expedite the transfer of research discoveries in the areas of prevention, genetics and lifestyle risk factors to the clinical arena.
A new clinical center for personalized risk assessment will take advantage of MD Anderson’s research discoveries and the most modern laboratory and imaging technologies. The plan for patient services includes comprehensive genetic risk assessment, counseling on lifestyle changes and the latest technologies in cancer screening. MD Anderson will continue to offer clinical trials in chemoprevention to people at high risk of developing cancer.