To reduce the cancer burden and cancer disparities through prevention at the population level requires an integrated approach to implement effective interventions across multiple health systems, involving numerous stakeholders and targeting the most common cancers. The San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN), focuses on the City and County of San Francisco where cancer is the number one cause of mortality. The goal is to reduce the cancer burden and cancer disparities through an integrated, cross-sector effort involving the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the University of California, San Francisco, major health systems and community coalitions to have “collective impact”. SF CAN targets the top five cancers for which there are evidence-based methods of prevention and early detection: breast, prostate, lung and other tobacco-related cancers, colorectal, and liver cancer.
Robert A. Hiatt, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and immediate Past Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and the Associate Director for Population Science of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research interests include cancer epidemiology, especially breast cancer, cancer prevention and screening, health services and outcomes research, the social determinants of cancer, and environmental exposures in early development related to cancer. He was the first Deputy Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute and a past president of the American College of Epidemiology and the American Society for Preventive Oncology. Dr. Hiatt was responsible for the development of the UCSF doctoral program in Epidemiology & Translational Science. He serves as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.