School of Public Health

Newcomb, Polly

Polly A. Newcomb

Research Professor, Epidemiology

Head, Cancer Prevention Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1986
MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1982

Contact Info

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Box 358080 (M4-B402)
1100 Fairview Avenue N., M4-B402
Seattle, WA 98109
Tel: 206-667-3476


Research Interests

My interests are the identification of modifiable risk factors for common cancers--colorectal, breast, and endometrium. Increasingly, my work has focused on better characterizing individuals at risk because of the joint presentation of environmental and genetic factors. Over the past 20 years, I have conducted several large population based case-control studies of cancer etiology. Cases enrolled in these studies now form the basis for cohorts to examine factors associated with survivorship. I am also interested in the observational evaluations of screening efficacy.

Research Areas 

In The News

Female Hormonal Factors and the Risk of Endometrial Cancer in Lynch Syndrome
JAMA, 07/24/2015

Alcohol Increases Risk of Breast Cancer but Helps Survivors Live Longer
The Seattle Times, 04/08/2013

Wine Color Won't Change Breast Cancer Risk
US News & World Report, 03/10/2009