Knowledge and Beliefs About Cancer Genetics Among Latino Families Living in San Ysidro


SDSU Co-Leader

Hala Madanat, Ph.D.

UCSD Co-Leader

Lisa Madlensky, Ph.D.

CBO Co- Leader

Lisa Cuestas, Casa Familiar  



Genetics and family history are an important part of understanding someone’s risk of getting some types of cancer.  Most research on cancer genetics has been carried out in academic settings rather than in community settings.  Our goal is to establish a collaboration between Casa Familiar, serving the San Ysidro community, and researchers at UCSD and SDSU.  We will develop this new collaboration in order to understand what the community’s needs are on this topic (for example, resources or educational materials about how to collect one’s family history) and how we can work together to develop a research project that has the goal of improving health in the community.

Project Period: 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2012