Focus Areas

Finding a cure for cancer in our lifetime

Chances are, you know someone with cancer. There are over 20 million people living with cancer in the world today. About 1,332,100 more people will be diagnosed with cancer this year in the United States alone.

  • 77% of new cancers will be diagnosed in people over age 55.
  • In the United States, a man's risk of developing cancer is slightly less than 1 in 2.
  • A U. S. woman's risk is slightly more than 1 in 3.
  • About 5% to 10% of cancers are hereditary.
  • Childhood cancers account for less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States.

At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, we want to help every Oregon and Southwest Washington community improve cancer prevention, screening and access to care. The National President’s Cancer Panel recently estimated that cancer deaths can be decreased by one-third if we implement what researchers already know. We believe leadership is the best way to make this a reality.  

Outreach comes in many forms

As part of Oregon’s only academic medical center, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is leading the way in a regional effort to create standards for cancer screening, treatment and prevention. We have outreach efforts in many areas including: