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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Our Research

Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Information for Journalists

To request an interview with a DCEG investigator, contact the NCI Office of Media Relations:


Phone: 240-760-6600

Spotlight on Research

NIH Catalyst article: Population-Based Research Improving Public Health by Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research

DCEG’s multidisciplinary research covers most types of cancer and many exposures in a variety of populations. Our cadre of inhouse scientists – epidemiologists, geneticists, biostatisticians, and clinicians – form interdisciplinary teams to study complex questions. DCEG forms collaborative partnerships within the NIH/NCI intramural research program and with scientists at academic and medical institutions around the world, which enables it to carry out its research.

The results of our research have served to inform public policy and have played an important role in improving public health.

  • Cancer Types

    Overview of cancer types commonly studied by DCEG, listed by body location

  • What We Study

    A range of exposures and risk factors for cancer studied by DCEG

  • Who We Study

    Diverse populations and subsets of populations studied by DCEG

  • How We Study

    Definitions and examples of research approaches: methods, descriptive epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, exposure and risk assessments, family studies, genomic studies, metabolomics, microbiomics.

  • Active Clinical Studies

    Studies that provide etiologically-informative observations and assessments of cancer events over time

  • Public Health Impact of DCEG Research

    Over the years, DCEG research findings have had a significant impact on public health – both national and global.