The current special issue of IJBM on cancer includes six papers that provide excellent contemporary examples of how behavioral medicine research can be applied to the multiple missions of comprehensive cancer prevention and control. The work presented in each of these papers uses a diverse collection of populations, is solidly grounded in theory, and produces multiple insights that are relevant for public health consideration as well as clinical psychooncology practices. Among the many take-home messages from this collection are: (a) the great need to broaden behavioral medicine research in cancer to countries that have the greatest morbidity and mortality from the disease; (b) the importance and utility of considering the cultural relevance of psychosocial and behavior constructs adapted from health behavior change models; (c) the value of examining underlying biobehavioral and psychosocial mechanisms that can be used to adapt and target interventions; and (d) the mandate to conduct effectiveness trials of those primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary prevention interventions that have proven efficacious in controlled settings. All of these considerations will contribute to the successful dissemination of this innovative line of behavioral medicine research in the years to come.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology