Adolescent risk-taking, cancer risk, and life course approaches to prevention

John S. Santelli, Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Zoe R. Edelstein, Linda P. Fried

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Adolescent risk-taking may have long-term consequences for adult cancer risk. Behaviors such as smoking and sexual activity, commonly initiated during adolescence, may result - decades later - in cancer. Life course epidemiology focuses on unique vulnerabilities at specific development periods and their importance to later development of disease. A life course epidemiological perspective that integrates social and biological risk processes can help frame our understanding how specific adult cancers develop. Moreover, life course perspectives augment traditional public health approaches to prevention by emphasizing the importance of unique windows of opportunity for prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S41-S44
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number5 SUPPL
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescence
  • Cancer prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • Life course

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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