Prioritizing Prevention

"Prevention is most often a silent victory. This can make it hard to garner the same level of resources as something like treatment, which has immediacy and compelling tales of survival. Yet, cancer prevention is a story that is just as important and one that needs to be told just as loudly."
ASCO-American Cancer Society Award Lecture Slides
ASCO Annual Meeting 2014 - June 1 - Chicago, Illinois
Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH

Background information on cancer prevention and policy recommendations


Applying what we know to accelerate cancer prevention. Colditz GA, Wolin KY, Gehlert S. Sci Transl Med. 2012 Mar 28;4(127).

Commentary: Eight ways to prevent cancer: a framework for effective prevention messages for the publicDart H, Wolin KY, Colditz GA. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Apr;23(4):601-8.

Priorities for the Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer. Colditz GA and Bohlke KJ. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2014 Early Online.

Adolescent dietary fiber, vegetable fat, vegetable protein, and nut intakes and breast cancer risk. Liu Y1, Colditz GA, Cotterchio M, Boucher BA, Kreiger N.Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Jun;145(2):461-70. doi: 10.1007/s10549-014-2953-3. Epub 2014 Apr 16.

Current evidence on healthy eating. Willett WC, Stampfer MJ. Annu Rev Public Health. 2013;34:77-95.

Validation of Rosner–Colditz breast cancer incidence model using an independent data set, the California Teachers Study. Rosner BA1, Colditz GA, Hankinson SE, Sullivan-Halley J, Lacey JV Jr, Bernstein L. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013 Nov;142(1):187-202.

Alcohol intake between menarche and first pregnancy: a prospective study of breast cancer risk. Liu Y, Colditz GA, Rosner B, Berkey CS, Collins LC, Schnitt SJ, Connolly JL, Chen WY, Willett WC, Tamimi RM. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013 Oct;105(20):1571-8.

Vegetable protein and vegetable fat intakes in pre-adolescent and adolescent girls, and risk for benignbreast disease in young women. Berkey CS, Willett WC, Tamimi RM, Rosner B, Frazier AL, Colditz GA. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013 Sep;141(2):299-306.

Cancer genome landscapes. Vogelstein B, Papadopoulos N, Velculescu VE, et al. Science. 2013 Mar; 339(6127):1546-1558.

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status ofCancer, 1975-2009, featuring the burden and trends in humanpapillomavirus(HPV)-associated cancers and HPV vaccination coverage levels. Jemal A, Simard EP, Dorell C, et al. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013 Feb;105(3):175-201.

Global burden of cancers attributable to infections in 2008: a review and syntheticanalysis. de Martel C, Ferlay J, Franceschi S, et al. The Lancet Oncology. 2012 Jun;13(6):607-615.

Cancer Disparities: Unmet Challenges in the Elimination of Disparities. Colditz GA and Gehlert S. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 Sep; 20(9):1809-1814.

Time course of risk factors in cancer etiology and progression. Wei EK, Wolin KY, Colditz GA. J Clin Oncol. 2010 Sep;28(26):4052-7.

Obesity and cancer. Wolin KY1, Carson K, Colditz GA. Oncologist. 2010;15(6):556-65. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2009-0285. Epub 2010 May 27.

Body-mass index and incidence of cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective observational studies. Renehan AG, Tyson M, Egger M, Heller RF, Zwahlen M. Lancet. 2008 Feb; 371(9612):569-578.


"Preventing Cancer - Today- Graham A. Colditz MD, DrPH (2014)

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"Cancer and NCD prevention from a global perspective." - Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH. 5th International Cancer Congress; Lima, Peru (November 4, 2013).

"Improving population health through cancer prevention: We already know how to prevent most cancer." - Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH. Oncology Grand Rounds; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (April 12, 2013) (Video).

"Implementing cancer prevention to eliminate disparities." - Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine & Bloomberg School of Public Health; Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (April 11, 2013). (Video).

"Found in Translation: From Data to Application to Improve Public Health" - Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH. Translational Epidemiology Seminar Series at the Harvard School of Public Health (March 5, 2013).

"Risk Prediction: Lessons from 20+ Years of Research" - Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH keynote presentation at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center "Risk Prediction Workshop" (April 27, 2012).

"Integrating Risk Across the Lifespan: The Case of Breast Cancer Prevention" - Graham A. Colditz MD, DrPH, Award Lecture at the American Association of Cancer Research - Annual Meeting (April 3, 2012).

"Your Disease Risk: The Culmination of 17 Years of Transdisciplinary Research" - Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH and Erika A. Waters, PhD, MPH, Talk at the National Cancer Institute Webinar "Communication Science and Online Risk Assessment Tools" (March 22, 2012).

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