Through our collaborations with academic partners, we focus primarily on population-based research. One major research project identifies and addresses behaviors that may increase individuals' risk of cancer, such as tobacco use, high fat diets, and inactive lifestyles. Other research studies explore the causes of cancer-related disparities and identify ways to reduce the unequal burden of cancer suffered by minorities, the uninsured and those with limited access to healthcare. Our research helps to advance knowledge in cancer prevention, in providing high quality cancer treatment, and in improving patient chances for survival and quality of life. The Cancer Coalition also facilitates research partnerships with major Georgia cancer centers, including Emory Winship Cancer Institute, the Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center, and others. Our goal is to bring cutting edge clinical research to south Georgia to directly benefit residents of our rural communities. While we do not currently conduct basic science (laboratory) research locally, we support Georgia's scientists by assisting local cancer centers so their patients can contribute specimens to the state's tissue bank.