Leah McArthur Ferrucci Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Skin cancer; indoor tanning; modifiable cancer risk factors; cancer survivorship; colorectal cancer, nutritional epidemiology

Current Projects

Understanding ultraviolet radiation exposure in skin cancer survivors

Understanding and preventing indoor tanning among young adults and adolescents

Dietary meat intake and colorectal neoplasia

Needs of long-term cancer survivors

Research Summary

Dr. Ferrucci’s primary research interests are in elucidating modifiable causes of cancer and developing a better understanding of how cancer impacts the individual across various life domains. She focuses mainly on evaluating diet/nutrition and ultraviolet radiation in relation to cancer as well as the needs and experiences of cancer survivors, including health information needs and quality of life, in a national longitudinal study of cancer survivors. Dr. Ferrucci is currently working to translate some of her etiologic and descriptive findings into behavioral and structural interventions for individuals and communities to reduce cancer risk and impact survivorship. At present, Dr. Ferrucci is conducting both quantitative and qualitative research that will culminate in a behavioral prevention intervention to prevent indoor tanning in young people. In addition to her work on skin cancer prevention, Dr. Ferrucci is also studying sun exposure, sun protection behaviors, and indoor tanning among skin cancer survivors after their diagnosis to better understand these risk behaviors after a cancer diagnosis.

Selected Publications

  • Troche JR, Ferrucci LM, Cartmel B, Leffell DJ, Bale AE, Mayne ST. Systemic glucocorticoids and basal cell carcinoma in young people. Annals of Epi. In Press.
  • Ferrucci LM, Cartmel B, Molinaro AM, Leffell DJ, Bale AE, Mayne ST. Tea, coffee, and caffeine and early-onset basal cell carcinoma in a case-control study. Eur J Cancer Prev. 2014 Jul;23(4):296-302.
  • Cartmel B, Ferrucci LM, Spain P, Bale AE, Pagoto SL, Leffell DJ, Gelernter J, Mayne ST. Indoor tanning and tanning dependence in young people after a diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma. JAMA Dermatol. 2013 Jul 3. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Ferrucci LM, Cartmel B, Molinaro AM, Bale AE, Mayne ST. Indoor tanning and risk of early-onset basal cell carcinoma. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Oct;67(4):552-62. 2011 Dec 8. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Ferrucci LM, Cartmel B, Molinaro AM, Gordon P, Leffell DJ, Bale AE, Mayne ST. Host characteristics and MC1R in relation to early-onset basal cell carcinoma. J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Apr;132(4):1272-9. 2011 Dec 8. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Lostritto K, Ferrucci LM,* Cartmel B, Molinaro AM, Bale AE, Mayne ST. Lifetime history of indoor tanning in young people: a retrospective assessment of initiation, persistence, and correlates. BMC Public Health. 2012 Feb 10;12:118.*Joint first author
  • Ferrucci LM, Sinha R, Huang WY, Berndt SI, Katki HA, Schoen RE, Hayes RB, Cross AJ. Meat consumption and risk of incident distal colon and rectal adenoma. Br J Cancer. 2012 Jan 31;106(3):608-16. 2011 Dec 13. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Ferrucci LM, Sinha R, Ward MH, Graubard BI, Hollenbeck AR, Kilfoy BA, Schatzkin A, Michaud DS, Cross AJ. Meat and components of meat and risk of bladder cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Cancer. 2010 Sep 15;116(18):4345-53.
  • Ferrucci LM, Sinha R, Graubard BI, Mayne ST, Ma X, Schatzkin A, Schoenfeld PS, Cash BD, Flood A, Cross AJ. Dietary meat intake in relation to colorectal adenoma in asymptomatic women. Am J Gastroenterol. 2009 May; 104(5):1031-40. Epub 2009 Apr 14.

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