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Fuchs Illuminates Associations Between Cancer, Lifestyle Habits

Andrew Smith
Published: Thursday, Oct 04, 2018
Charles S. Fuchs, MD

Charles S. Fuchs, MD
The idea that by choosing your foods carefully you can improve your resistance to cancer and your survival odds has gained much credibility through the years, largely owing to the work of one man in particular—Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH.

“There were, and are, 2 huge cohorts, female nurses and male health professionals, with more than 200,000 combined participants, all providing a huge amount of health-related personal information over decades of time. Such large populations were clearly going to develop a large number of gastrointestinal cancers over the years, and it was my hope that the numbers would be large enough and the patient information comprehensive enough to test hypotheses and identify risk factors with a high degree of certainty,” says Fuchs, whose idea proved sound enough to furnish years of new discoveries.

Early Days to Harvard

Fuchs was born in the Bronx and grew up about 8 miles farther north, in New Rochelle, New York. His father was in the moving and storage business, and his mother was a homemaker.
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