Why Are Obese Individuals from Racially/Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds at High-Risk for Cancer?

March 4, 2021
3:00-4:30 PM EST

This is the first webinar of a series that focuses on enhancing understanding of the intersection of cancer, obesity and disparities within racially-ethnically diverse populations. The initial webinar will provide an overview of the intersection between cancer, obesity and disparities framed around a central question, “Why are obese individuals from underserved, racial/ethnically diverse backgrounds at high-risk for cancer?” A variety of perspectives from various contributing factors will be presented. The next three webinars will address the intersectionality from each of the following research areas: basic/translational science, clinical, and community/environmental.

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Mary Ann S. Van Duyn, Ph.D., MPH

National Cancer Institute



Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, Ph.D.

Georgetown University



“It’s All Genes/Biology”

Victoria Bae-Jump, M.D., Ph.D.

UNC Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center


“It’s All Environment”

Marvella Elizabeth Ford, Ph.D.

Medical University of South Carolina


“It’s All Diet”

Stephen O’Keefe, M.D.

University of Pittsburgh


“It’s All Food Insecurity”

Francesca Gany, M.D., MS

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Last Updated
December 22, 2020