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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Second cancers: meeting a rising challenge - Lindsay Morton, Ph.D.

DCEG Seminar


Lindsay M. Morton, Ph.D.

Investigator, Radiation Epidemiology Branch

Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute


Nearly one in five cancers diagnosed today occurs in an individual with a previous diagnosis of cancer.  These “second cancers” are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among cancer survivors, thus understanding second cancer etiology has important public health consequences as well as providing important clinical information and insight into carcinogenesis. Dr. Morton will present results from a series of studies aimed toward improving understanding of the contributions of primary cancer treatments (radiotherapy, chemotherapy), medical history, lifestyle factors, and genetic susceptibility to second cancer etiology in both children and adults.