Kathleen Malone

Research Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1993
MPH Epidemiology, Yale University, 1984
BSW Social Work, Temple University, 1978



Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Box 358080 M4-C308
Division of Public Health Sciences
1100 Fairview Ave N, Arnold Building
PO Box 19024, Mailstop: M4-C308
Seattle, WA 98109


Dr. Malone is also the Head of the Program in Epidemiology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.

Research Areas

Research Interests

My research focuses on breast cancer and involves three emphasis areas: etiology, genetics, and outcomes after breast cancer. Cancer survivorship has become a major focus and in this regard, I have conducted several population-based studies of the personal, lifestyle, medical, and tumor-based determinants of breast cancer recurrence and mortality. I have also led/co-led studies of second primary breast cancer in relation to treatment for the first primary, germline genetics and mammographic density. Currently, I am leading a new study of the molecular features of first and second primary breast cancers with dual foci on second primary risk prediction and the concordance of molecular features in paired tumors. We also have a current study examining risk factors for the four most common second primary cancers after breast cancer. Collectively, this research aims to develop tools for identifying those at high risk of adverse outcomes after breast cancer and to identify potential preventive strategies.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Receipt of Screening Mammography by Insured Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer and Impact on Outcomes.
(2021 Jul 30)
J Natl Compr Canc Netw
Lawson MB, Lee CI, Hippe DS, Chennupati S, Fedorenko CR, Malone KE, Ramsey SD, Lee JM

Smoking, Radiation Therapy, and Contralateral Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women.
(2021 Mar 29)
J Natl Cancer Inst
Reiner AS, Watt GP, John EM, Lynch CF, Brooks JD, Mellemkjær L, Boice JD, Knight JA, Concannon P, Smith SA, Liang X, Woods M, Shore R, Malone KE, Bernstein L, WECARE Collaborative Study Group., Bernstein JL

Bisphosphonate Use and Breast Cancer Risk among Women with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ.
(2021 May 15)
Cancer Res 81(10): 2799-2802
Li CI, Flanagan MR, Tang MC, Porter PL, Malone KE

Race, ethnicity and risk of second primary contralateral breast cancer in the United States.
(2021 Jun 1)
Int J Cancer 148(11): 2748-2758
Watt GP, John EM, Bandera EV, Malone KE, Lynch CF, Palmer JR, Knight JA, Troester MA, Bernstein JL

A case-control study of the joint effect of reproductive factors and radiation treatment for first breast cancer and risk of contralateral breast cancer in the WECARE study.
(2020 Dec)
Breast 54(): 62-69
Brooks JD, Boice JD Jr, Shore RE, Reiner AS, Smith SA, Bernstein L, Knight JA, Lynch CF, John EM, Malone KE, Mellemkjaer L, Langballe R, Liang X, Woods M, Tischkowitz M, Concannon P, Stram DO, WECARE Study Collaborative Group.

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