June M. Chan, Sc.D.

The Physicians Committee

Nutrition and Cancer Web Seminars

Dietary Risk Factors for Pancreatic Cancer

Originally Presented On: Saturday, July 28, 2006

Event:  The Cancer Project’s 2007 Cancer & Nutrition Symposium in Bethesda, Md.

Speaker: June M. Chan, Sc.D.
Associate professor of epidemiology & biostatistics and urology at the University of California, San Francisco

Synopsis: Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers, and research is just now discovering how diet may play a role in preventing this fatal disease. Dr. Chan will describe her research findings from a large San Francisco Bay Area case-control study investigating the protective effects of fruits and vegetables on pancreatic cancer risk as well as results from other recent case-control studies.

Intended Audience: Internists, oncologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, and cancer researchers.

Objectives: Upon completion of this Web Seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Explore new research uncovering the effect of specific foods on pancreatic cancer risk
  • Gain insight into past case-control studies’ conclusions regarding diet and pancreatic cancer risk
  • Understand the dietary factors unique to prostate cancer recurrence and mortality

CMEs: Not available for this event.

Speaker Bio: 
June M. Chan, Sc.D.June Chan, Sc.D. earned her AB at Harvard College in applied mathematics, followed by a doctorate in science from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Sweden and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the department of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. She was an instructor at Harvard Medical School before being recruited to the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) prostate cancer research program.  She is currently associate professor of epidemiology & biostatistics and urology at the University of California, San Francisco, and maintains her collaboration with colleagues at Harvard on the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and Physicians Health Study.

Her current research focuses on dietary, genetic, and hormonal risk factors for prostate cancer incidence, recurrence, and mortality. She is part of the UCSF Prostate Cancer Research Program and UCSF prostate SPORE (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence, NCI). She leads and collaborates on several epidemiologic studies, including several cohort studies, a randomized clinical trial, and a prostate cancer registry study, to better understand how diet and genetics contribute to prostate cancer progression risk.  A current particular area of research focus is on antioxidants, genetics, and prostate cancer progression. Dr. Chan has also branched into the nutritional epidemiology of pancreatic cancer through collaboration with her UCSF colleague Dr. Elizabeth Holly, who leads a large population-based case-control study of pancreatic cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

In addition to leading her own research, Dr. Chan is the program director of Genitourinary Cancer Epidemiology and Population Science in the department of urology at UCSF.