Anna Prizment

Associate Professor


A cancer epidemiologist, Dr. Prizment studies cancer prevention and survival of cancer patients, with her research focused on the role of inflammation and immune response, as measured by circulating and tissue biomarkers, genetic alterations and gut microbiome, in gastrointestinal cancers.  A second focus is the role of aspirin and other anti-inflammatory agents in colorectal cancer. Although most of her studies are in gastrointestinal cancers, she is also interested in studying other types of cancer (e.g. prostate, breast) including risk factors for their development and survival.

Research Summary

  • The immune response and survival of colorectal patients
  • Role of germline mutations in colorectal and pancreatic cancers
  • Clinical trials on anti-inflammatory agents and gut microbiome
  • Quality of life and cardiovascular health of cancer patients
  • Role of obesity, diabetes and other comorbidities in cancer development and survival 
  • Role of androgen in prostate cancer


Zhou, B., Lu, J., Beck, J. D., Moss, K. L., Prizment, A. E., Demmer, R. T., Porosnicu Rodriguez, K. A., Joshu, C. E., Michaud, D. S., & Platz, E. A. (2022). Periodontal and other oral bacteria and risk of lung cancer in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. PMID: 35999656 doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-22-0601

Hurwitz, L. M., Townsend, M. K., J.... Prizment, A., Schildkraut, J. M.,.. White, E., Peters, U., Webb, P. M., Tworoger, S. S., & Trabert, B. (2022). Modification of the Association Between Frequent Aspirin Use and Ovarian Cancer Risk: A Meta-Analysis Using Individual- Level Data From Two Ovarian Cancer Consortia. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, JCO2101900. PMID: 35867953 doi: 10.1200/JCO.21.01900

Bhatia, R., Holtan, S., Jurdi, N. E., Prizment, A., & Blaes, A. (2022). Do Cancer and Cancer Treatments Accelerate Aging? Current oncology reports. PMID: 35796942 doi: 10.1007/s11912-022-01311-2

Florido, R., Daya, N. R., Ndumele, C. E., Koton, S., Russell, S. D., Prizment, A., Blumenthal, R. S., Matsushita, K., Mok, Y., Felix, A. S., Coresh, J., Joshu, C. E., Platz, E. A., & Selvin, E. (2022). Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Cancer Survivors: The Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities (ARIC) Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 80(1), 22-32. PMID: 35772913 doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2022.04.042

Medgyesi, D. N., Trabert, B., Sampson, J., Weyer, P. J., Prizment, A., Fisher, J. A., Beane Freeman, L. E., Ward, M. H., & Jones, R. R. (2022). Drinking Water Disinfection Byproducts, Ingested Nitrate, and Risk of Endometrial Cancer in Postmenopausal Women. Environmental health perspectives, 130(5), 57012. PMID: 35622390 doi: 10.1289/EHP10207

Gao, Y., Byrd, D. A., Prizment, A., Lazovich, D., & Bostick, R. M. (2022). Associations of Novel Lifestyle- and Whole Foods-Based Inflammation Scores with Incident Colorectal Cancer Among Women. Nutrition and cancer, 74(4), 1356-1369. PMID: 34296959 doi: 10.1080/01635581.2021.1952629

Teaching Summary


  • PUBH 6355
    Pathophysiology of Human Disease (Cancer Unit) 



PhD, University of Minnesota

Honors and Recognition

Teaching Recognition, Division of Epidemiology and Community Healt
Brainstorm Award, Masonic Cancer, University of Minnesota
Artistry & Scholarship Program, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota
American Cancer Society Institutional Research Award
CTSI KL2 Translational Science Award, University of Minnesota
J.B. Hawley Research Award, University of Minnesota
Scholar-in-Training Award, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) (2009 - 2011)

Professional Memberships

The Pancreatic Cancer Case-Control Consortium (PanC4)
American AACR Molecular Epidemiology Working Group
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Society of Epidemiological Research
American society of human genetics, Member
American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), Member
Selected Publications

Selected Publications




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