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Public health researcher Jan Eberth measures access, quality of cancer prevention, treatment

 

Jan Eberth, University of South Carolina's 2017 Breakthrough Star

The thing that struck Jan Eberth about cancer was the sheer number of people it affects.

She is no exception. Eberth’s mother was diagnosed with colon cancer in her early 30s. Though rare at such a young age, the cancer was not aggressive, and her mother was successfully treated and remains cancer-free. The experience, though, solidified Eberth’s interest in what would become her career path.

“A lot of people go into research areas that have touched them personally, but for me, the wide-reaching impact of cancer also factored into my decisions to study the disease,” says Eberth, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health. “We’re talking about one out of every two men and one out of every three women being at risk for developing cancer in their lifetime.”

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