Marissa van Maaren winner of Enrico Anglesio Prize 2021

Marissa van Maaren, postdoctoral researcher at IKNL, is the winner of the Enrico Anglesio Prize that was awarded at the online IACR congress 2021. The Enrico Anglesio Prize is awarded every year to a young researcher who has prepared an original work in the domain of epidemiology, cancer registration.

The research of Van Maaren focused on the risk of breast cancer recurrence after the initial treatment in women under 40 years of age, comparing different socioeconomic classes. She showed that patients with a low socioeconomic status – despite equal treatment – have a higher risk of recurrence and more often have consecutive recurrences compared to patients of high socioeconomic status. Besides, patients of low socioeconomic status have shorter time intervals between surgery and development of a recurrence, and between recurrence and mortality, suggesting poorer prognosis. Van Maaren and co-authors advise to focus on (timely initiation of) treatment of recurrence, therapy adherence and shared decision-making to further reduce socioeconomic differences.

The Enrico Anglesio Prize is awarded annually by the Fondo Elena Moroni for Oncology, Fondazione Temia and de International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR). From 2006 to 2020, over 160 young researchers contested, and 25 have been declared Enrico Anglesio Laureates. The annual IACR congress was held virtually the 12th-14th of October.