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Colditz’s prevention work led to a website that helps people assess their risk of developing cancer, diabetes and other diseases, and suggests ways to lead a longer, healthier life. Visit → www.yourdiseaserisk.wustl.edu
Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, a disease prevention expert at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, was recently recognized for the 30 years he’s spent fighting cancer before it starts.
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Cancer Society gave Colditz the Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at the AACR annual meeting in Chicago on April 3.
The award salutes Colditz’s work to identify lifestyle and environmental factors that affect people’s health and develop and teach cancer prevention strategies at the individual and community levels. This includes showing that regular exercise in girls as young as 12 can reduce their risk of breast cancer and initiating the collection of blood samples and health histories of women who get mammograms to help determine why certain women get breast cancer and why they respond differently to treatment.
In December 2011, the American Cancer Society awarded Colditz its highest award, a Medal of Honor, for cancer control research.