Cancer Prevention Program

The Cancer Prevention Program is built around the idea that changing certain lifestyle of environmental factors can lower cancer incidence and improve survival. We investigate cancer etiology and risk factors through clinic- and community-based studies in targeted populations. 

As part of our long-term objectives, we develop and test novel screening and surveillance methods that can be readily translated into clinical practice and train the next generation of scientist in prevention research. 

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Faculty & Labs

Our faculty have expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition, physical activity, genomics, behavioral science, health economics, health disparities, health communications, primary care and oncology.

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Research Programs & Studies

Our research is focused on identifying ways to lower the risk of getting cancer and other diseases. We evaluate the causes, detection and control of cancer in laboratory, clinic and community-based studies.

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Cancer Prevention & Survivorship

Dr. Heather Greenlee's focuses on behavioral interventions to improving survivorship after cancer. In addition to her ongoing research, Dr. Greenlee is director for CookForYourLife a website featuring recipes for cancer prevention, cancer patients and cancer survivors.

Our Leadership

Dr. Marian Neuhouser

Dr. Marian Neuhouser is director of the Cancer Prevention Program in the Public Health Sciences Division. As a nutirional epidemiologists, Dr. Neuhouser’s research focuses on the role of nutrition and energy balance (calories consumed versus calories burned) in cancer prevention and survivorship, particularly regarding breast and prostate cancers. She also studies ways to improve methods of diet and physical-activity assessment and the extent to which biological markers of food intake can improve upon measures of self-report, such as keeping a food journal or filling out a food questionnaire — methods that are known to have substantial measurement error. 

She is the scientific adviser for the Nutrition Assessment Shared Resource within the Cancer Prevention Program, which makes it possible for investigators without nutrition training and expertise — or who don’t have the time and funding — to incorporate state-of-the-art dietary data-collection methods in their research studies.

She is principal investigator or co-investigator of multiple National Institutes of Health-funded grants and contracts ranging from controlled-feeding trials to large, population-based studies, including those focused on special populations such as minorities, the elderly and people experiencing health disparities.

Latest Cancer Prevention News

More Cancer Prevention News
Science Says: Renew, refocus, reduce risk Lowering risk of cancer through the science of prevention February 4, 2022
7 ways to science your life for the coming year Researchers share evidence-based strategies for managing your health during yet another uncertain year January 14, 2022
New studies highlight cancer inequities in hospice care, financial impacts Analyses shared at ASCO annual meeting show lack of home hospice care for Medicaid patients during COVID-19; quantify financial hardships January 7, 2022
Black with cancer: ‘It shouldn’t be different’ Hutch/UW Consortium health equity team works to reduce cancer risk and racial bias, improve care for Black communities and patients June 14, 2021

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Kelly Ambrose

Program Operations Director

Elizabeth Cox

Research Administrator/ Assistant to the Program Head


The Cancer Prevention Program is located at the Robert W. Day Campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle.

Mailing address:

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Cancer Prevention Program
1100 Fairview Ave N, M3-B232
P.O. Box 1024
Seattle, WA  98109-1024

The UW Box number is 35808. When using box number, follow with mail stop.