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Your "What Causes Cancer?" Center

The Masonic Cancer Center conducts research to understand biological and behavioral factors that can cause cancer, and is working to reduce behaviors that may lead to cancer and to enhance behaviors that decrease cancer risk. 

Meet a Researcher

Dorothy Hatsukami

We have been studying factors that can cause cancer, including smoking and other tobacco usage, tanning bed exposure, and foods such as grilled meats. The work we are doing in prevention includes examining the effects of calciferous vegetables and other plant-based products in reducing cancer risk, reducing the addictiveness and toxicity of tobacco products, increasing cancer screening rates, and developing policies to limit access to tanning beds for adolescents.
Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control, Masonic Cancer Center
Director of the Tobacco Research Programs