Health Management Among Children and Young Adults Who Are at Risk for Cancer or Have Cancer
Why Do We Study Pediatric Populations Affected by Cancer or Who Are at Risk for Cancer?
Children, adolescents, and young adults are unique groups of individuals who require special care and consideration in both research and clinical care. Individuals encounter many developmental changes and tasks across these periods of life. Adding a chronic health condition, or risk for a health condition such as cancer on top of these developmental tasks, can be an extra burden for youths and their families.
Youths are also an exciting group to work with because changes made early in life have the potential to have lifelong impacts on their behaviors and health outcomes.
In the area of cancer prevention, we have an incredible opportunity to help children establish good habits early on so that we minimize their risk of developing cancer. One example of this is using personalized medicine approaches that combine genetic testing for cancer or other risk communication strategies with education and behavioral interventions to improve children’s and families’ adherence to cancer prevention behaviors.
Examples of Current Studies in the Wu Team
Dr. Tammy Stump, PhD presenting the RAYS study at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in April 2022.
Heather Smith (medical student, participant in the RUUTE Summer Research Program in 2021) presented her work on the RAYS rural skin cancer prevention study for youths at the Medical Student Research Forum in October 2021.