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Alan A. Arslan

Alan A. Arslan, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

cancer epidemiology, biomarkers of ovarian cancer, relationships between reproductive events and cancer

Dr. Arslan research interests focus on development of novel biomarkers for early detection of ovarian cancer, the second most common cancer of female reproductive tract and the leading cause of death from gynecologic neoplasms. Dr. Arslan has been awarded a New Investigator Award from the Department of Defense to study the role of soluble Fas, a marker of impaired apoptosis, as a potential biomarker of ovarian cancer.
Growing evidence suggests that inflammation may play an important role in development of cancer. Epidemiological evidence suggests that factors causing chronic inflammation of ovarian epithelium (asbestos/talc exposure, endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease) are also associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Conversely, factors reducing local inflammation, such as tubal ligation and hysterectomy without oophorectomy, are associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer. These findings led to a hypothesis on a possible role of chronic inflammation in ovarian cancer. Dr. Arslan conducted a preliminary case-control study nested within the NYUWHS prospective cohort, which found that relative to no aspirin use, the odds ration for epithelial ovarian cancer among women who reported ever use of aspirin three or more times per week for a period of at least 6 months was 0.60 (95% confidence interval 0.26-1.38), after adjustment for age at menarche, parity, oral contraceptive use, and first-degree family history of breast cancer. The observed risk estimates are consistent with growing evidence suggesting that regular use of common anti-inflammatory drugs could be protective not only for colorectal cancer, as known previously, but also for ovarian cancer.
Dr. Arslan is a Principal Investigator of the currently ongoing NIH-funded research projects: R03 CA96428 "Biomarkers of Ovarian Cancer Risk"; R03 CA95923 "Pregnancy Hormonal Profiles as Biomarker of Breast Cancer Risk"; and R03 CA108394 "Serum Vitamin D, Genetic Polymorphisms & Ovarian Cancer".
Dr. Arslan is a co-investigator in the following active projects: "Estrogen Metabolites, Related Genes and Breast Cancer" (PI, Dr. R. Shore); "Pregnancy hormones and lifetime risk of breast cancer in mothers" (PI, Dr. P. Toniolo); "Reduction of Annexin-V in Antiphospholipid Pregnancy Loss" (PI, Dr. J. Rand).





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Feng, Xiaoshuang; Wu, Wendy Yi-Ying; Onwuka, Justina Ucheojor; Haider, Zahra; Alcala, Karine; Smith-Byrne, Karl; Zahed, Hana; Guida, Florence; Wang, Renwei; Bassett, Julie K; Stevens, Victoria; Wang, Ying; Weinstein, Stephanie; Freedman, Neal D; Chen, Chu; Tinker, Lesley; Nøst, Therese Haugdahl; Koh, Woon-Puay; Muller, David; Colorado-Yohar, Sandra M; Tumino, Rosario; Hung, Rayjean J; Amos, Christopher I; Lin, Xihong; Zhang, Xuehong; Arslan, Alan A; Sánchez, Maria-Jose; Sørgjerd, Elin Pettersen; Severi, Gianluca; Hveem, Kristian; Brennan, Paul; Langhammer, Arnulf; Milne, Roger L; Yuan, Jian-Min; Melin, Beatrice; Johansson, Mikael; Robbins, Hilary A; Johansson, Mattias

Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2023 Sep 07; 115(9):1050-1059

King, Sontoria D; Veliginti, Swathi; Brouwers, Martijn C G J; Ren, Zhewen; Zheng, Wei; Setiawan, Veronica Wendy; Wilkens, Lynne R; Shu, Xiao-Ou; Arslan, Alan A; Beane Freeman, Laura E; Bracci, Paige M; Canzian, Federico; Du, Mengmeng; Gallinger, Steven J; Giles, Graham G; Goodman, Phyllis J; Haiman, Christopher A; Kogevinas, Manolis; Kooperberg, Charles; Le Marchand, Loic; Neale, Rachel E; Visvanathan, Kala; White, Emily; Albanes, Demetrius; Andreotti, Gabriella; Babic, Ana; Berndt, Sonja I; Brais, Lauren K; Brennan, Paul; Buring, Julie E; Rabe, Kari G; Bamlet, William R; Chanock, Stephen J; Fuchs, Charles S; Gaziano, J Michael; Giovannucci, Edward L; Hackert, Thilo; Hassan, Manal M; Katzke, Verena; Kurtz, Robert C; Lee, I-Min; Malats, Nuria; Murphy, Neil; Oberg, Ann L; Orlow, Irene; Porta, Miquel; Real, Francisco X; Rothman, Nathaniel; Sesso, Howard D; Silverman, Debra T; Thompson, Ian M; Wactawski-Wende, Jean; Wang, Xiaoliang; Wentzensen, Nicolas; Yu, Herbert; Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Anne; Yu, Kai; Wolpin, Brian M; Duell, Eric J; Li, Donghui; Hung, Rayjean J; Perdomo, Sandra; McCullough, Marjorie L; Freedman, Neal D; Patel, Alpa V; Peters, Ulrike; Riboli, Elio; Sund, Malin; Tjønneland, Anne; Zhong, Jun; Van Den Eeden, Stephen K; Kraft, Peter; Risch, Harvey A; Amundadottir, Laufey T; Klein, Alison P; Stolzenberg-Solomon, Rachael Z; Antwi, Samuel O

Cancer epidemiology biomarkers & prevention. 2023 Sep 01; 32(9):1265-1269

Midttun, Øivind; Ulvik, Arve; Meyer, Klaus; Zahed, Hana; Giles, Graham G; Manjer, Jonas; Sandsveden, Malte; Langhammer, Arnulf; Sørgjerd, Elin Pettersen; Behndig, Annelie F; Johansson, Mikael; Freedman, Neal D; Huang, Wen-Yi; Chen, Chu; Prentice, Ross; Stevens, Victoria L; Wang, Ying; Le Marchand, Loïc; Weinstein, Stephanie J; Cai, Qiuyin; Arslan, Alan A; Chen, Yu; Shu, Xiao-Ou; Zheng, Wei; Yuan, Jian-Min; Koh, Woon-Puay; Visvanathan, Kala; Sesso, Howard D; Zhang, Xuehong; Gaziano, J Michael; Fanidi, Anouar; Robbins, Hilary A; Brennan, Paul; Johansson, Mattias; Ueland, Per M

Scientific reports. 2023 Jan 18; 13(1):1011

Florsheim, Rebecca Lynn; Zhang, Qiao; Durmus, Nedim; Zhang, Yian; Pehlivan, Sultan; Arslan, Alan A; Shao, Yongzhao; Reibman, Joan

International journal of environmental research & public health. 2022 Nov 17; 19(22):

Robbins, Hilary A; Alcala, Karine; Moez, Elham Khodayari; Guida, Florence; Thomas, Sera; Zahed, Hana; Warkentin, Matthew T; Smith-Byrne, Karl; Brhane, Yonathan; Muller, David; Feng, Xiaoshuang; Albanes, Demetrius; Aldrich, Melinda C; Arslan, Alan A; Bassett, Julie; Berg, Christine D; Cai, Qiuyin; Chen, Chu; Davies, Michael P A; Diergaarde, Brenda; Field, John K; Freedman, Neal D; Huang, Wen-Yi; Johansson, Mikael; Jones, Michael; Koh, Woon-Puay; Lam, Stephen; Lan, Qing; Langhammer, Arnulf; Liao, Linda M; Liu, Geoffrey; Malekzadeh, Reza; Milne, Roger L; Montuenga, Luis M; Rohan, Thomas; Sesso, Howard D; Severi, Gianluca; Sheikh, Mahdi; Sinha, Rashmi; Shu, Xiao-Ou; Stevens, Victoria L; Tammemägi, Martin C; Tinker, Lesley F; Visvanathan, Kala; Wang, Ying; Wang, Renwei; Weinstein, Stephanie J; White, Emily; Wilson, David; Yuan, Jian-Min; Zhang, Xuehong; Zheng, Wei; Amos, Christopher I; Brennan, Paul; Johansson, Mattias; Hung, Rayjean J

Annals of epidemiology. 2022 Oct 29; 77:1-12

India-Aldana, Sandra; Rundle, Andrew G; Clendenen, Tess V; Quinn, James W; Arslan, Alan A; Afanasyeva, Yelena; Koenig, Karen L; Liu, Mengling; Neckerman, Kathryn M; Thorpe, Lorna E; Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Anne; Chen, Yu

Environmental research. 2022 Sep 09; 215(Pt 2):114285

Shum, Elaine; Durmus, Nedim; Pehlivan, Sultan; Lu, Yuting; Zhang, Yian; Arslan, Alan A; Shao, Yongzhao; Reibman, Joan

International journal of environmental research & public health. 2022 Jun 22; 19(13):

Townsend, Mary K; Trabert, Britton; Fortner, Renée T; Arslan, Alan A; Buring, Julie E; Carter, Brian D; Giles, Graham G; Irvin, Sarah R; Jones, Michael E; Kaaks, Rudolf; Kirsh, Victoria A; Knutsen, Synnove F; Koh, Woon-Puay; Lacey, James V; Langseth, Hilde; Larsson, Susanna C; Lee, I-Min; Martínez, María Elena; Merritt, Melissa A; Milne, Roger L; O'Brien, Katie M; Orlich, Michael J; Palmer, Julie R; Patel, Alpa V; Peters, Ulrike; Poynter, Jenny N; Robien, Kim; Rohan, Thomas E; Rosenberg, Lynn; Sandin, Sven; Sandler, Dale P; Schouten, Leo J; Setiawan, V Wendy; Swerdlow, Anthony J; Ursin, Giske; van den Brandt, Piet A; Visvanathan, Kala; Weiderpass, Elisabete; Wolk, Alicja; Yuan, Jian-Min; Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Anne; Tworoger, Shelley S; Wentzensen, Nicolas

International journal of epidemiology. 2022 Jun 13; 51(3):e73-e86