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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

About 570,000 Americans die of cancer each year, and a third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive weight

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), established by a 2007 state constitutional amendment with bond funding of $3 billion over ten years, provides research funding for cancer prevention and treatment. Among CPRIT’s prevention objectives are cancer risks related to obesity.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 570,000 Americans die of cancer each year, and a third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive weight. Through an August 2010 Request for Information, CPRIT sought data regarding obesity research, policy and prevention programs in Texas, and is currently evaluating these reports to determine what role it can play in addressing the state’s obesity epidemic.

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