Holly Harris

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



ScD Harvard T.H. Chan,
MPH University of Southern California, 2005
BA Macalester College, 2000



Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Box M4-B859
Program in Epidemiology, Division of Public Health Sciences
1100 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the impact of lifestyle, nutrition, and genetic factors on women’s health. Specifically, I have focused on ovarian and breast cancer, as well as on hormonally related conditions that have shared reproductive risk factors with these diseases, including endometriosis and uterine fibroids. Much of my research to date has focused on understanding the role of the potentially modifiable risk factors of diet and lifestyle on the risk of these conditions. A more recent facet of my research is to explore the interrelatedness of these conditions and their shared risk factors. As ovarian cancer is rare, I am particularly interested in identifying women, such as those with endometriosis, who may be at higher risk because these women may benefit from screening modalities for ovarian cancer which are currently not appropriate for population-based use. Identification of women at high risk for ovarian cancer and breast cancer is also important as it allows for targeted prevention strategies and can guide clinical decisions regarding frequency of screening and chemoprevention strategies for both of these cancers. Finally, understanding the influence of genetic factors, both alone or as a part of gene-environment interactions may facilitate prevention and help identify women most at risk for ovarian and breast cancer.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Hartmann's at 100: Relevant or redundant?
(2021 Aug)
Curr Probl Surg 58(8): 100951
Farkas N, Conroy M, Harris H, Kenny R, Baig MK

Risk prediction score and appendicectomy in the elderly: A single centre 5-year retrospective cohort study.
(2021 Jul 21)
ANZ J Surg
Farkas N, Harris H, Conroy M, Kenny R, Bickford B, Baig M

Adolescent and early adulthood inflammation-associated dietary patterns in relation to premenopausal mammographic density.
(2021 Jul 7)
Breast Cancer Res 23(1): 71
Garzia NA, Cushing-Haugen K, Kensler TW, Tamimi RM, Harris HR

Genital Powder Use and Risk of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer in the Ovarian Cancer in Women of African Ancestry Consortium.
(2021 Sep)
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 30(9): 1660-1668
Davis CP, Bandera EV, Bethea TN, Camacho F, Joslin CE, Wu AH, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Moorman PG, Myers ER, Ochs-Balcom HM, Peres LC, Rosenow WT, Setiawan VW, Rosenberg L, Schildkraut JM, Harris HR

Mediterranean Diet is Associated with Reduced Risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in Smokers: Results of Two Prospective Cohort Studies.
(2021 Aug)
Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 62(2): 284-293
Kaluza J, Stackelberg O, Harris HR, Akesson A, Björck M, Wolk A

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