In this issue we highlight the work of agency scientists focused on the prevention and treatment of cancer, a disease — or more correctly, a suite of diseases — with over 100,000 new cases diagnosed every year in Texas.
Some might ask: “Why does an agriculture organization do cancer research?” The answer is straightforward. We are Texas A&M AgriLife, i.e. Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Agriculture research has a major positive impact on cancer prevention by ensuring that our food, water, and air are healthy by minimizing potential carcinogens and maximizing positive bioactive compounds. In the life sciences, several AgriLife scientists are directly involved in cancer detection and treatment.
Comparative oncology in the College of Veterinary Medicine is designed to use knowledge gained from treating animal cancers to understand and treat human cancers. This One Health approach leverages support provided to AgriLife researchers by state and federal agencies to help find cancer solutions for human health while treating pets.