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Eleni Linos, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentDermatology
AddressLocation Required
Varies CA 00000
EmailEleni.Linos@ucsf.edu
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    Oxford UniversityM.D.2004School of Medicine
    Cambridge UniversityBA2001Trinity College
    Harvard School of Public HealthDrPH, MPH2007Epidemiology and Nutrition

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    Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting more than 5 million people each year in the United States alone. Understanding how to best prevent and treat skin cancer is tremendously important for both the public health community as well as for individual patients.

    Eleni Linos MD DrPH, is dually trained in public health and dermatology. She is a leader in the field of skin cancer research and prevention. Dr. Linos leads a multidisciplinary international research team of postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and research scientists. The team’s primary goals are to better understand the causes of skin cancer and apply this to cancer prevention. Dr. Linos’ team also works to help patients make informed treatment decisions, tailored to their individual preferences and personal characteristics.

    Dr. Linos completed her medical education at Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the United Kingdom. She then went on to complete her doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health in Cancer Epidemiology and then trained to become a board certified dermatologist at Stanford University.

    As Director of Diversity for the Department of Dermatology, Dr. Linos is committed to building a broadly diverse dermatology community that nurtures a culture of inclusion in education, research and patient care.


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    Online Advertising for Skin Cancer Prevention
    NCI R21CA212201Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2019
    Involving Older Adults in Decision Making for Skin Cancer
    NIA K76AG054631Sep 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2019
    Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention
    UCSF Cancer Center Impact Grant Jul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2018

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    1. Drucker AM, Li WQ, Cho E, Li T, Besdine R, Qureshi AA, Linos E. Shingles and pneumonia and risk of cutaneous basal and squamous cell carcinoma. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Aug 06. PMID: 30092319.
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    2. Dodds M, Arron ST, Linos E, Polcari I, Mansh MD. Characteristics and Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors of Adult Sunless Tanners in the United States. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Jul 25. PMID: 30046802.
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    3. Nosrati A, Yu WY, McGuire J, Griffin A, Rocha de Souza J, Singh R, Linos E, Chren MM, Grimes B, Jewell NP, Wei ML. Outcomes and risk factors in patients with multiple primary melanomas. J Invest Dermatol. 2018 Jul 19. PMID: 30031745.
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    4. Sarkar U, Le GM, Lyles CR, Ramo D, Linos E, Bibbins-Domingo K. Using Social Media to Target Cancer Prevention in Young Adults: Viewpoint. J Med Internet Res. 2018 Jun 05; 20(6):e203. PMID: 29871850.
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    5. Linos E, Chren MM, Covinsky K. Geriatric Dermatology-A Framework for Caring for Older Patients With Skin Disease. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Apr 25. PMID: 29710117.
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    6. Park JH, Christman MP, Linos E, Rieder EA. Dermatology on Instagram: An Analysis of Hashtags. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Apr 01; 17(4):482-484. PMID: 29601627.
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    7. Gao Y, Arron ST, Linos E, Polcari I, Mansh MD. Indoor Tanning, Sunless Tanning, and Sun-Protection Behaviors Among Sexual Minority Men. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Apr 01; 154(4):477-479. PMID: 29490367.
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    8. Linos E, Pagoto S. USPSTF Recommendations for Behavioral Counseling for Skin Cancer Prevention: Throwing Shade on UV Radiation. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Mar 20. PMID: 29558531.
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    9. Nosrati A, Pimentel MA, Falzone A, Hegde R, Goel S, Chren MM, Eye R, Linos E, Pagoto S, Walkosz BJ. Skin cancer prevention messages on Facebook: Likes, shares, and comments. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Mar 05. PMID: 29518459.
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    10. Riano NS, Linos E, Accurso EC, Sung D, Linos E, Simard JF, Mangurian C. Paid Family and Childbearing Leave Policies at Top US Medical Schools. JAMA. 2018 02 13; 319(6):611-614. PMID: 29450516.
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    11. Linos E, Admassu N, Sabry-Elnaggar H, Li PM, Choo E. Doctor fails: early warning signs of physician fatigue? BMJ. 2017 12 12; 359:j5503. PMID: 29233842.
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    12. Linos E, Wintroub B, Shinkai K. Diversity in the dermatology workforce: 2017 status update. Cutis. 2017 Dec; 100(6):352-353. PMID: 29360894.
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    13. Wehner MR, Cidre Serrano W, Nosrati A, Schoen PM, Chren MM, Boscardin J, Linos E. All-cause mortality in patients with basal and squamous cell carcinoma: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Apr; 78(4):663-672.e3. PMID: 29146125.
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    14. Gao Y, Wei EK, Arron ST, Linos E, Margolis DJ, Mansh MD. Acne, sexual orientation, and mental health among young adults in the United States: A population-based, cross-sectional study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 11; 77(5):971-973. PMID: 29029907.
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    15. Opene C, Chren MM, Linos E. Types of Shade Vary in Protection Just Like Sunscreens. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Oct 01; 153(10):1070-1071. PMID: 28636687.
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    16. Falzone AE, Brindis CD, Chren MM, Junn A, Pagoto S, Wehner M, Linos E. Teens, Tweets, and Tanning Beds: Rethinking the Use of Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Sep; 53(3S1):S86-S94. PMID: 28818251.
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    17. Wehner MR, Nead KT, Linos E. Correlation Among Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates and Internet Searches in the United States. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Sep 01; 153(9):911-914. PMID: 28658470.
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    18. Adesoye T, Mangurian C, Choo EK, Girgis C, Sabry-Elnaggar H, Linos E. Perceived Discrimination Experienced by Physician Mothers and Desired Workplace Changes: A Cross-sectional Survey. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Jul 01; 177(7):1033-1036. PMID: 28492824.
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    19. Nosrati A, Berliner JG, Goel S, McGuire J, Morhenn V, de Souza JR, Yeniay Y, Singh R, Lee K, Nakamura M, Wu RR, Griffin A, Grimes B, Linos E, Chren MM, Grekin R, Wei ML. Outcomes of Melanoma In Situ Treated With Mohs Micrographic Surgery Compared With Wide Local Excision. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 May 01; 153(5):436-441. PMID: 28241261.
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    20. Wood A, Matula SR, Huan L, Linos E, Platchek T, Milstein A. Improving the Value of Medical Care for Patients with Back Pain. Pain Med. 2017 Apr 17. PMID: 28419359.
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    21. Stuart SE, Schoen P, Jin C, Parvataneni R, Arron S, Linos E, Boscardin WJ, Chren MM. Tumor recurrence of keratinocyte carcinomas judged appropriate for Mohs micrographic surgery using Appropriate Use Criteria. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Jun; 76(6):1131-1138.e1. PMID: 28365039.
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    22. Dizon MP, Linos E, Arron ST, Hills NK, Chren MM. Comparing the Quality of Ambulatory Surgical Care for Skin Cancer in a Veterans Affairs Clinic and a Fee-For-Service Practice Using Clinical and Patient-Reported Measures. PLoS One. 2017; 12(1):e0171253. PMID: 28141817.
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    23. Brown G, Wang E, Leon A, Huynh M, Wehner M, Matro R, Linos E, Liao W, Haemel A. Tumor necrosis factor-a inhibitor-induced psoriasis: Systematic review of clinical features, histopathological findings, and management experience. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Feb; 76(2):334-341. PMID: 27720274.
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    24. Linos E, Katz KA, Colditz GA. Skin Cancer-The Importance of Prevention. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Oct 01; 176(10):1435-1436. PMID: 27459394.
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    25. Lester J, Wintroub B, Linos E. Disparities in Academic Dermatology. JAMA Dermatol. 2016 08 01; 152(8):878-9. PMID: 27192666.
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    26. Linos E, Chren MM, Stijacic Cenzer I, Covinsky KE. Skin Cancer in U.S. Elderly Adults: Does Life Expectancy Play a Role in Treatment Decisions? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Aug; 64(8):1610-5. PMID: 27303932.
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    27. Seidenberg AB, Pagoto SL, Vickey TA, Linos E, Wehner MR, Costa RD, Geller AC. Tanning bed burns reported on Twitter: over 15,000 in 2013. Transl Behav Med. 2016 06; 6(2):271-6. PMID: 27356997; PMCID: PMC4927451.
    28. Linos E, Chren MM. Is screening for basal cell carcinoma worthwhile? Too soon to tell. Br J Dermatol. 2016 Jun; 174(6):1181-2. PMID: 27317276.
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    29. Miner AS, Milstein A, Schueller S, Hegde R, Mangurian C, Linos E. Smartphone-Based Conversational Agents and Responses to Questions About Mental Health, Interpersonal Violence, and Physical Health. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 05 01; 176(5):619-25. PMID: 26974260.
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    30. Jung JY, Linos E. Adding active surveillance as a treatment option for low risk skin cancers in patients with limited life expectancy. J Geriatr Oncol. 2016 May; 7(3):221-2. PMID: 27133284.
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    31. Wehner MR, Linos E, Boscardin WJ, Chren MM. Competing Risk of Death in Kaplan-Meier Curves When Analyzing Subsequent Keratinocyte Cancer-Reply. JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Apr; 152(4):494-5. PMID: 27074364.
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    32. Shinkai K, McMichael A, Linos E. Isotretinoin Laboratory Test Monitoring--A Call to Decrease Testing in an Era of High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care. JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Jan; 152(1):17-9. PMID: 26629966.
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    33. Cidre Serrano W, Chren MM, Resneck JS, Aji NN, Pagoto S, Linos E. Online Advertising for Cancer Prevention: Google Ads and Tanning Beds. JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Jan; 152(1):101-2. PMID: 26444220.
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    34. Wehner MR, Nead KT, Linos K, Linos E. Plenty of moustaches but not enough women: cross sectional study of medical leaders. BMJ. 2015 Dec 16; 351:h6311. PMID: 26673637; PMCID: PMC4681767.
    35. Mansh M, Katz KA, Linos E, Chren MM, Arron S. Association of Skin Cancer and Indoor Tanning in Sexual Minority Men and Women. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Dec 01; 151(12):1308-1316. PMID: 26444580.
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    36. Linos E, VanBeek M, Resneck JS. Radiation Oncologist Concerns About Increased Electronic Brachytherapy Use for Skin Cancer--Reply. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Sep; 151(9):1037. PMID: 26177163.
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    37. Linos E, Berger T, Chren MM. Point: Care of potential low-risk basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) at the end of life: The key role of the dermatologist. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 Jul; 73(1):158-61. PMID: 26089051.
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    38. Linos E, VanBeek M, Resneck JS. A Sudden and Concerning Increase in the Use of Electronic Brachytherapy for Skin Cancer. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Jul; 151(7):699-700. PMID: 25785818.
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    39. Wehner MR, Linos E, Parvataneni R, Stuart SE, Boscardin WJ, Chren MM. Timing of subsequent new tumors in patients who present with basal cell carcinoma or cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Apr; 151(4):382-8. PMID: 25588079.
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    40. Sanlorenzo M, Wehner MR, Linos E, Kornak J, Kainz W, Posch C, Vujic I, Johnston K, Gho D, Monico G, McGrath JT, Osella-Abate S, Quaglino P, Cleaver JE, Ortiz-Urda S. The risk of melanoma in airline pilots and cabin crew: a meta-analysis. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Jan; 151(1):51-8. PMID: 25188246; PMCID: PMC4482339.
    41. Galles E, Parvataneni R, Stuart SE, Linos E, Grewal S, Chren MM. Patient-reported outcomes of electrodessication and curettage for treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Nov; 71(5):1026-8. PMID: 25437972; PMCID: PMC4251522.
    42. Linos E, Schroeder SA, Chren MM. Potential overdiagnosis of basal cell carcinoma in older patients with limited life expectancy. JAMA. 2014 Sep 10; 312(10):997-8. PMID: 25203077.
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    43. Wehner MR, Chren MM, Shive ML, Resneck JS, Pagoto S, Seidenberg AB, Linos E. Twitter: an opportunity for public health campaigns. Lancet. 2014 Jul 12; 384(9938):131-2. PMID: 25016994.
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    44. He SY, McCulloch CE, Boscardin WJ, Chren MM, Linos E, Arron ST. Self-reported pigmentary phenotypes and race are significant but incomplete predictors of Fitzpatrick skin phototype in an ethnically diverse population. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Oct; 71(4):731-7. PMID: 24928709.
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    45. Bhatia BK, Millsop JW, Debbaneh M, Koo J, Linos E, Liao W. Diet and psoriasis, part II: celiac disease and role of a gluten-free diet. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Aug; 71(2):350-8. PMID: 24780176.
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    46. Wehner MR, Chren MM, Nameth D, Choudhry A, Gaskins M, Nead KT, Boscardin WJ, Linos E. International prevalence of indoor tanning: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Dermatol. 2014 Apr; 150(4):390-400. PMID: 24477278; PMCID: PMC4117411.
    47. Linos E, Landefeld CS, Chren MM. Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer--reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Dec 9-23; 173(22):2097. PMID: 24322472.
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    48. Fu T, Keiser E, Linos E, Rotatori RM, Sainani K, Lingala B, Lane AT, Schneider L, Tang JY. Eczema and sensitization to common allergens in the United States: a multiethnic, population-based study. Pediatr Dermatol. 2014 Jan-Feb; 31(1):21-6. PMID: 24283549.
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    49. Shive M, Linos E, Berger T, Wehner M, Chren MM. Itch as a patient-reported symptom in ambulatory care visits in the United States. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Oct; 69(4):550-6. PMID: 23870201; PMCID: PMC3775992.
    50. Linos E, Wehner MR, Frosch DL, Walter L, Chren MM. Patient-reported problems after office procedures. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Jul 08; 173(13):1249-50. PMID: 23689235; PMCID: PMC3725264.
    51. Linos E, Parvataneni R, Stuart SE, Boscardin WJ, Landefeld CS, Chren MM. Treatment of nonfatal conditions at the end of life: nonmelanoma skin cancer. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Jun 10; 173(11):1006-12. PMID: 23699934; PMCID: PMC3726204.
    52. Linos E. Balancing the risks and benefits of rituximab. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 May 27; 173(10):926. PMID: 23588277.
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    53. Gamba CS, Stefanick ML, Shikany JM, Larson J, Linos E, Sims ST, Marshall J, Van Horn L, Zeitouni N, Tang JY. Low-fat diet and skin cancer risk: the women's health initiative randomized controlled dietary modification trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Sep; 22(9):1509-19. PMID: 23697610; PMCID: PMC3880824.
    54. Wysong A, Linos E, Hernandez-Boussard T, Arron ST, Gladstone H, Tang JY. Nonmelanoma skin cancer visits and procedure patterns in a nationally representative sample: national ambulatory medical care survey 1995-2007. Dermatol Surg. 2013 Apr; 39(4):596-602. PMID: 23331766.
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    55. Linos E, Fiorentino D, Lingala B, Krishnan E, Chung L. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and dermatomyositis: an analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample survey. Arthritis Res Ther. 2013 Jan 08; 15(1):R7. PMID: 23298514; PMCID: PMC3672763.
    56. Chren MM, Linos E, Torres JS, Stuart SE, Parvataneni R, Boscardin WJ. Tumor recurrence 5 years after treatment of cutaneous basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. J Invest Dermatol. 2013 May; 133(5):1188-96. PMID: 23190903; PMCID: PMC3711403.
    57. Wehner MR, Shive ML, Chren MM, Han J, Qureshi AA, Linos E. Indoor tanning and non-melanoma skin cancer: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2012 Oct 02; 345:e5909. PMID: 23033409; PMCID: PMC3462818.
    58. Li PM, Linos E, Gurgel RK, Fischbein NJ, Blevins NH. Evaluating the utility of non-echo-planar diffusion-weighted imaging in the preoperative evaluation of cholesteatoma: a meta-analysis. Laryngoscope. 2013 May; 123(5):1247-50. PMID: 23023958.
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    59. Linos D, Economopoulos KP, Kiriakopoulos A, Linos E, Petralias A. Scar perceptions after thyroid and parathyroid surgery: comparison of minimal and conventional approaches. Surgery. 2013 Mar; 153(3):400-7. PMID: 22980435.
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    60. Linos E. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in early melanoma. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Jun 25; 172(12):907. PMID: 22732741.
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    61. Economopoulos KP, Petralias A, Linos E, Linos D. Psychometric evaluation of Patient Scar Assessment Questionnaire following thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Thyroid. 2012 Feb; 22(2):145-50. PMID: 22224816.
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    62. Keiser E, Linos E, Kanzler M, Lee W, Sainani KL, Tang JY. Reliability and prevalence of digital image skin types in the United States: results from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2004. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Jan; 66(1):163-5. PMID: 22177642.
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    63. Linos E, Keiser E, Kanzler M, Sainani KL, Lee W, Vittinghoff E, Chren MM, Tang JY. Sun protective behaviors and vitamin D levels in the US population: NHANES 2003-2006. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Jan; 23(1):133-40. PMID: 22045154; PMCID: PMC3718293.
    64. Tang JY, Fu T, Leblanc E, Manson JE, Feldman D, Linos E, Vitolins MZ, Zeitouni NC, Larson J, Stefanick ML. Calcium plus vitamin D supplementation and the risk of nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancer: post hoc analyses of the women's health initiative randomized controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Aug 01; 29(22):3078-84. PMID: 21709199; PMCID: PMC3157967.
    65. Linos E, Keiser E, Fu T, Colditz G, Chen S, Tang JY. Hat, shade, long sleeves, or sunscreen? Rethinking US sun protection messages based on their relative effectiveness. Cancer Causes Control. 2011 Jul; 22(7):1067-71. PMID: 21637987; PMCID: PMC3873510.
    66. Tang JY, Wu A, Linos E, Parimi N, Lee W, Aszterbaum M, Asgari MM, Bickers DR, Epstein EH. High prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in patients with basal cell nevus syndrome. Arch Dermatol. 2010 Oct; 146(10):1105-10. PMID: 20956641; PMCID: PMC3775573.
    67. Linos E, Willett WC, Cho E, Frazier L. Adolescent diet in relation to breast cancer risk among premenopausal women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Mar; 19(3):689-96. PMID: 20200427; PMCID: PMC2866323.
    68. Linos E, Willett W. Meat, dairy, and breast cancer: do we have an answer? Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Sep; 90(3):455-6. PMID: 19640951.
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    69. Rieger KE, Linos E, Egbert BM, Swetter SM. Recurrence rates associated with incompletely excised low-risk nonmelanoma skin cancer. J Cutan Pathol. 2010 Jan; 37(1):59-67. PMID: 19615009.
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    70. Linos E, Swetter SM, Cockburn MG, Colditz GA, Clarke CA. Increasing burden of melanoma in the United States. J Invest Dermatol. 2009 Jul; 129(7):1666-74. PMID: 19131946; PMCID: PMC2866180.
    71. Mahoney MC, Bevers T, Linos E, Willett WC. Opportunities and strategies for breast cancer prevention through risk reduction. CA Cancer J Clin. 2008 Nov-Dec; 58(6):347-71. PMID: 18981297.
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    72. Linos E, Spanos D, Rosner BA, Linos K, Hesketh T, Qu JD, Gao YT, Zheng W, Colditz GA. Effects of reproductive and demographic changes on breast cancer incidence in China: a modeling analysis. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2008 Oct 01; 100(19):1352-60. PMID: 18812552; PMCID: PMC2556703.
    73. Linos E, Willett WC, Cho E, Colditz G, Frazier LA. Red meat consumption during adolescence among premenopausal women and risk of breast cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Aug; 17(8):2146-51. PMID: 18669582; PMCID: PMC4510942.
    74. Linos E, Linos E, Colditz G. Screening programme evaluation applied to airport security. BMJ. 2007 Dec 22; 335(7633):1290-2. PMID: 18156232; PMCID: PMC2151164.
    75. Linos E, Raine T, Alonso A, Michaud D. Atopy and risk of brain tumors: a meta-analysis. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007 Oct 17; 99(20):1544-50. PMID: 17925535.
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    76. Linos E, Willett WC. Diet and breast cancer risk reduction. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2007 Sep; 5(8):711-718. PMID: 17927928.
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    77. Linos E, Holmes MD, Willett WC. Diet and breast cancer. Curr Oncol Rep. 2007 Jan; 9(1):31-41. PMID: 17164045.
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