UC Davis Cancer Center
We are an NCI-designated Cancer Center that serves more than 10,000 patients per year. Our Outreach Research & Education Program has more than 20 services for patients; cancer prevention and control outreach to underserved communities; and several active Boards to guide its work. The goal of the OREP is to reduce cancer health disparities among minority populations; adolescents and young adults; those living in remote rural areas; the LGBT community; and those living in poverty. Two of our Boards have partnered to address hepatitis C: the UC Davis Cancer Center/Sacramento State Univeristy Partnership Board and the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Advisory Board. The result is a state-wide Be Smart with Body Art educational campaign focusing on safe tattooing and body piercing and increasing awareness about HCV and all the ways it is transmitted to college students on all CSU, UC and community colleges in California. We have distributed more than 30,000 Be Smart with Body Art postcards and more than 1800 posters. We are working to expand the program nation-wide as tattooing and body piercing have become so mainstream. We are also working with researchers to determine if some of the inks used in tattooing are carcingenic.
We are ranked among the top 50 hospials and schools of medicine. Our faculty/researchers bring in billions of dollars for research; we have a very successful stem cell research program and a new stem cell manufacturing facility. We are on the cutting-edge of cancer treatments and new disease-fighting therapuetics. We also have several centers and faculty working to reduce health disparities with some nationally-recognized programs with more than 25 American Indian tribes; the country’s only Asian American Network in Cancer Awareness, Research and Training; and cancer prevention outreach to a large Slavic population. Those are only a few highlights of our large program.