Hyuna Sung, PhD

Principal Scientist, Cancer Surveillance Research

At ACS since 2017

As a principal scientist and cancer epidemiologist, Hyuna Sung, PhD, conducts cancer surveillance research to monitor cancer trends and progress against cancer in the United States and worldwide. Her research is positioned to identify emerging cancer trends as well as high-risk populations to help set priorities for allocating cancer control efforts and advance epidemiologic, clinical, and health services research.

Research focus and accomplishments

Sung’s recent publication in the Lancet Public Health reported that cancer incidence rates have increased disproportionately among younger adults, and in consecutively younger birth cohorts for multiple cancers including multiple myeloma and cancer in the colorectum, corpus uteri, gallbladder, kidney, and pancreas. This study generated both a provocative and a plausible hypothesis that this emerging trend may have been driven in part by the obesity epidemic. 


For a full list of Dr. Sung’s publications, visit her Google Scholar page.  



Work before ACS

  • National Cancer Institute, Postdoctoral Fellow


  • PhD: Cancer Epidemiology, Seoul National University