Why are Individuals with Obesity from Racially/Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds at Increased 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 provided an overview of the intersection between cancer, obesity and disparities framed around a central question, “Why are individuals with obesity from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds at increased risk for cancer?” A variety of perspectives from various contributing factors were presented. The next three webinars will address the intersectionality from each of the following research areas: basic/translational science, clinical, and community/environmental.


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

National Cancer Institute



Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, Ph.D.

Georgetown University



“Are They? What We Know and Don’t Know about Disparities in Associations between Obesity and Cancer”

Elisa V. Bandera, M.D., Ph.D.

Rutgers Cancer Institute 


“Racial Disparities in Endometrial Cancer: Intersection of Obesity and Genomics”

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

UNC Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center


“Social and Environmental Contributors to Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity”

Marvella Elizabeth Ford, Ph.D.

Medical University of South Carolin


“FOOD: Food to Overcome Outcomes Disparities”

Francesca Gany, M.D., MS

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Last Updated
December 22, 2020