The Surveillance and Health Equity Science (SHES) Department is an intramural research program of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Our staff includes world-renowned epidemiologists and health scientists, and we're among the most comprehensive cancer surveillance, health services, and disparities research groups worldwide.
The goal of the Surveillance & Health Equity Science (SHES) department is to conduct interdisciplinary, impactful research and disseminate information on cancer occurrence, prevention, early detection, treatment, survivorship, and economic burden to inform delivery of cancer care and cancer prevention and control nationally and globally in support of the ACS mission “to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.”
Specific objectives in support of this goal are to:
The SHES department is led by Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, and staffed by more than 20 scientists.
If you smoke and have been diagnosed with cancer in the last 24 months, you may be eligible to participate in a research study that will test a smartphone app to help you quit smoking.
Learn more at: Quit2heal.org
Epidemiologists and health economists in the SHES department publish nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles a year in addition to the ACS Cancer Facts & Figures reports.
The Surveillance Research team analyzes and disseminates cancer statistics and identify gaps and opportunities in the delivery of cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment. Their goal is to inform and help promote cancer control nationally and globally.
This team provides recent prevalence estimates and trends for major cancer risk factors including tobacco use, excess body weight, diet, alcohol consumption, physical activity, ultraviolet radiation exposure, and infectious agents. They also study cancer-related vaccination uptakes and cancer screening test use.
Health disparities can affect every step of cancer care—from prevention and screening to the quality of life after cancer treatment. The ACS believes everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. That belief guides the SHES department, Cancer Disparities Research team to conduct and support studies to improve the understanding of cancer inequalities and to create strategies for overcoming them.
The goal of the Health Services research team is to examine the economic burden of cancer and the influence of health policies and systems on health equity for cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and supportive services, palliative care.
The Tobacco Control Research program studies the factors that predict the initiation and cessation of tobacco use by tracking the use of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products) in adults and adolescents. Our study of public policies and tobacco industry activities, through the lens of disparities research, provides evidence that helps support the ACS and ACS CAN’s tobacco control advocacy programs and campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels.