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ALPA V. PATEL, Ph.D.

Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., strategic director of the Cancer Prevention Study-3 for the American Cancer Society, is a cancer epidemiologist whose research has focused on the role of the physical activity in cancer prevention and obesity as a risk factor for cancer. 

Ms. Patel first joined the Epidemiology Research Program at the American Cancer Society as a research analyst in 1997, and then rejoined the group following her doctoral work.

She is currently the Strategic Director of the Cancer Prevention Study-3, a large nationwide prospective study aimed at better understanding the lifestyle, genetic, and environmental causes of cancer. She is particularly interested in the public health benefits of being physically active and limiting time spent sitting.

Ms. Patel earned her B.A. in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1996, followed by a master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 1997, and a doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in 2002.

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MEDIA COVERAGE
• American Cancer Society launches third survey (Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 2012)
• Why Acting Like a Kid Can Help You Slim (Self Magazine, May 2012)
• Is Sitting a Lethal Activity? (New York Times, April 2011)
• Idling Toward Death: Sitting Linked to Dying Early (ABC News, July 2010)
• Are you sitting down? It's slowly killing you (NBC News, July 2010)
• Is Sitting Too Long a Major Cancer Risk? (WebMD, 2010)

RESEARCH
• Study Links More Time Spent Sitting to Higher Risk of Death 
• Leisure Time Spent Sitting in Relation to Total Mortality in a Prospective Cohort of US Adults
• American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention

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