Polly Newcomb

Research Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology



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



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

Research Areas

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.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Molecular Characteristics of Early-onset Colorectal Cancer According to Detailed Anatomical Locations: Comparison to Later-onset Cases: Molecular Characteristics and Early-onset Colorectal Tumor Subsites.
(2022 Dec 30)
Am J Gastroenterol
Ugai T, Haruki K, Harrison TA, Cao Y, Qu C, Chan AT, Campbell PT, Akimoto N, Berndt S, Brenner H, Buchanan DD, Chang-Claude J, Fujiyoshi K, Gallinger SJ, Gunter MJ, Hidaka A, Hoffmeister M, Hsu L, Jenkins MA, Milne RL, Moreno V, Newcomb PA, Nishihara R, Pai RK, Sakoda LC, Slattery ML, Sun W, Amitay EL, Alwers E, Thibodeau SN, Toland AE, Van Guelpen B, Woods MO, Zaidi SH, Potter JD, Giannakis M, Song M, Nowak JA, Phipps AI, Peters U, Ogino S

Prognostic role of detailed colorectal location and tumor molecular features: analyses of 13,101 colorectal cancer patients including 2994 early-onset cases.
(2023 Jan 17)
J Gastroenterol
Ugai T, Akimoto N, Haruki K, Harrison TA, Cao Y, Qu C, Chan AT, Campbell PT, Berndt SI, Buchanan DD, Cross AJ, Diergaarde B, Gallinger SJ, Gunter MJ, Harlid S, Hidaka A, Hoffmeister M, Brenner H, Chang-Claude J, Hsu L, Jenkins MA, Lin Y, Milne RL, Moreno V, Newcomb PA, Nishihara R, Obon-Santacana M, Pai RK, Sakoda LC, Schoen RE, Slattery ML, Sun W, Amitay EL, Alwers E, Thibodeau SN, Toland AE, Van Guelpen B, Zaidi SH, Potter JD, Meyerhardt JA, Giannakis M, Song M, Nowak JA, Peters U, Phipps AI, Ogino S

Validation of a genetic-enhanced risk prediction model for colorectal cancer in a large community-based cohort.
(2023 Jan 9)
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev
Su YR, Sakoda LC, Jeon J, Thomas M, Lin Y, Schneider JL, Udaltsova N, Lee JK, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, Peterse EFP, Zauber AG, Zheng J, Zheng Y, Hauser E, Baron JA, Barry EL, Bishop DT, Brenner H, Buchanan DD, Burnett-Hartman A, Campbell PT, Casey G, Castellví-Bel S, Chan AT, Chang-Claude J, Figueiredo JC, Gallinger SJ, Giles GG, Gruber SB, Gsur A, Gunter MJ, Hampe J, Hampel H, Harrison TA, Hoffmeister M, Hua X, Huyghe JR, Jenkins MA, Keku TO, Le Marchand L, Li L, Lindblom A, Moreno V, Newcomb PA, Pharoah PDP, Platz EA, Potter JD, Qu C, Rennert G, Schoen RE, Slattery ML, Song M, van Duijnhoven FJB, Van Guelpen B, Vodicka P, Wolk A, Woods MO, Wu AH, Hayes RB, Peters U, Corley DA, Hsu L

Separating the effects of early and later life adiposity on colorectal cancer risk: a Mendelian randomization study.
(2023 Jan 4)
BMC Med 21(1): 5
Papadimitriou N, Bull CJ, Jenab M, Hughes DJ, Bell JA, Sanderson E, Timpson NJ, Smith GD, Albanes D, Campbell PT, Küry S, Le Marchand L, Ulrich CM, Visvanathan K, Figueiredo JC, Newcomb PA, Pai RK, Peters U, Tsilidis KK, Boer JMA, Vincent EE, Mariosa D, Gunter MJ, Richardson TG, Murphy N

Association of financial worry with substance use, mental health, and quality of life in cancer patients.
(2023 Jan 3)
J Cancer Surviv
Jones SMW, Ton M, Heffner JL, Malen RC, Cohen SA, Newcomb PA

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