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Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Cancer Control in the 21st Century with an Emphasis on Risk Reduction


February 22, 2022




Otis Webb Brawley, M.D.  provided an overview of cancer incidence and mortality trends in populations defined by race, socioeconomic status, area of residence. Looking at the trends, Dr. Brawley discussed what has been learned and how to apply this knowledge to the future. One theme that has emerged is that much of the future of cancer control could be achieved through attention to health behavior. Dr. Brawley discussed his work to reduce over-screening of medical conditions, which has revolutionized patient treatment by increasing quality of life and reducing health disparities. How to optimize cancer screening strategies to increase their effectiveness and efforts to decrease smoking and implement other lifestyle risk reduction programs, and target cancer control efforts in areas where they could be most effective was also discussed.


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About Dr. Brawley

Dr. Brawley is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Brawley leads a broad interdisciplinary research effort regarding cancer health disparities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, working to close racial, economic, and social disparities in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer in the United States and worldwide.

About the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) established the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series to encourage broad, interdisciplinary thinking in the development of scientific initiatives and programs, and to press for theoretical leaps in science over the continuation of incremental thought. Innovation speakers are encouraged to describe their work from the perspective of breaking through existing boundaries and developing successful new ideas, as well as working outside their primary area of expertise in ways that have pushed their fields forward. We encourage discussions of the meaning of innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, and paradigm-shifting.

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