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[The Svedberg seminar] -Physical activity and cancer: Improving causal inference
June 13, 2023 @ 15:15 – 16:15 CEST
NOTE THAT THIS SEMINAR IS ON A TUESDAY
Brigid M. Lynch, Associate Professor
Deputy Head, Cancer Epidemiology Division, Cancer Council Victoria
Honorary Principal Fellow, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia
Brigid Lynch is a cancer epidemiologist whose research focuses on how physical activity is associated with cancer risk, biological mechanisms underlying risk, and health outcomes for cancer survivors. Her research interests include applying causal inference methods to help advance the field of physical activity epidemiology. Brigid is a Principal Investigator of the Australian Breakthrough Cancer Study, an ongoing cohort study of over 50,000 Australians investigating the role that genes, lifestyle and environment play in the development of cancer and other diseases.
Physical activity and cancer: Improving causal inference
Cancer is a leading cause of ill health and mortality; a clear understanding of cancer risk factors is critical to developing effective cancer control strategies. Physical activity has a protective effect for a number of cancers, however it is – at best – a tangential focus of cancer control agencies around the world. The epidemiological evidence for physical activity and cancer (both in terms of risk and survivorship after diagnosis) is subject to numerous biases, creating a lack of certainty about causal effects. This presentation will present example studies focused on breast cancer to describe how we can triangulate evidence from different methods to improve causal inference in this field of enquiry.