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Maira Castaneda-Avila, PhD

Research Focus - Cancer Epidemiology - Cancer Health Disparities

  • Addressing disparities in cancer outcomes, with a specific emphasis on colorectal cancer, HPV-related cancers, and hematological malignancies.
  • Investigating the impact of multiple chronic conditions on cancer screening, cancer treatment decisions and outcomes within underserved populations to ensure evidence-based care for individuals with complex health profiles.
  •  Employing a research approach that integrates quantitative and qualitative methods, utilizing cancer register data merge with claims data, as well as publicly available datasets.
  • Developing technology-driven solutions to enhance communication and care coordination for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Representative Publication

Castaneda-Avila MA, Oyinbo AG, Epstein MM, et al. Trends and Factors Associated with Fecal Occult Blood Test Utilization among Hispanic Adults in Puerto Rico and the United States: BRFSS 2012-2020. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2023;16(4):229-237.

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