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UArizona Cancer Center awarded $6.9M grant for skin cancer prevention study

TUCSON - The University of Arizona Cancer Center was recently awarded a $6.9 million program project grant from the National Cancer Institute.

A team of researchers at the center is developing new strategies and techniques to prevent and decrease the risk of cell carcinoma, the second most-common form of non-melanoma skin cancer, according to the University of Arizona Health Sciences.

“This award is both an endorsement of the scientific contributions made by the Skin Cancer Institute research team and a true opportunity to make new groundbreaking advances in skin cancer prevention and treatment. This is a stamp of approval that says the University of Arizona Cancer Center is the place with quality and innovative approaches in skin cancer therapeutic prevention research nationwide.”

Dr. Curiel-Lewandrowski, Co-director of the Skin Cancer Institute at the UArizona Cancer Center

An aspect of the grant that will have great impact relates to the testing of lotions and creams that can effectively prevent cancer cell formation, according to UARizona Health Sciences.

“These models allow us to test drugs that can reproducibly and accurately stop or reverse the cellular damage caused by the sun through pilot and Phase 1 clinical trials," said Dr. Curiel-Lewandrowski.

UArizona President Robert C. Robbins said that skin cancer is great risk to many people, especially those of us in Arizona.

The Skin Cancer Institute team has been a exemplary model in skin cancer research, treatment and prevention across Arizona and beyond.

Dr. Curiel-Lewandrowski said the research team has a common mission: To eradicate skin cancer in Arizona by decreasing skin-cancer incidence, where late diagnosis is not an option, and no lives are lost due to this preventable disease.

Carla Litto

Digital content producer for KVOA News 4 Tucson. Carla previously interned at the NBC affiliate. She is currently a senior at UArizona majoring in journalism.

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