Karen Olsen, PhD

Karen Olsen, PhD, is a science writer at the AACR, where she facilitates the communication of the latest cancer research to the general public and to the trade press. Before joining the AACR, Olsen completed her postdoctoral training at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, where she investigated the role that epigenetic regulators play in cancers and neuronal disorders. She received her doctorate in chemistry from Purdue University, where she focused on integral membrane proteins associated with disease. Olsen lives in Center City Philadelphia.

AACR Team Science Awardees Devise a Method to Detect Common Cancers Early

Early detection of cancer is arguably a holy grail in the field of cancer research. Catching the disease at an early stage could ultimately prevent thousands of deaths from late-diagnosed disease, which is more challenging to treat. Early detection tests exist for a handful of individual cancers, but no approved method can simultaneously screen for multiple types of cancer.

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How is Obesity Linked to Cancer?

Medical risks of obesity include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Additionally, obesity has been associated with increased cancer incidence and mortality. To address the link between obesity and cancer, the American Association of Cancer Research is hosting a Special Conference, Obesity and Cancer: Mechanisms Underlying Etiology and Outcomes, this week in Austin, Texas.

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