Jo Stenehjem

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Etiological Research Unit

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Jo Stenehjem joined the Cancer Registry of Norway’s Department of Research in 2009 as a PhD research fellow, and has since 2014 been employed as a postdoctoral fellow at the same department. Jo has concentrated his research on lifestyle and occupational factors’ relation to cancer risk, and how lifestyle factors and cancer treatment affect pulmonary function and exercise capacity among cancer survivors.


He is the lead-author of several publications regarding chemical exposures and cancer risk among offshore petroleum workers, and takes a special interest in benzene-induced cancers. Jo has showed a particular interest in epidemiological study design and methods, and has throughout his career put weight on improving his methodological and analytical skills.


He is today part of the Group for etiological research under the mentorship of Trude E Robsahm, where he studies how anthropometric factors, and serum levels of leptin and vitamin D affect melanoma risk and tumour thickness.



Jo holds BSc and MSc degrees in exercise physiology, human movement science and epidemiology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of Verona (Italy). He obtained a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Oslo in 2014 entitled ”Cancer incidence and occupational exposure in offshore oil industry workers”. Jo was a Leiv Eiriksson Scholar and visiting predoctoral fellow at the US National Cancer Institute (MD, USA) in 2012, and has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to visit the Department of Epidemiology at Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College (NH, USA) during the fall 2018.




Since 1.2018:                     Development of job-exposure-models for risk assessment of benzene exposure

Since 1.2018:                     Exposure-related risks of cancer in Norwegian offshore oil industry workers

Since 7.2017:                     Physical activity among the elderly (65+) in Italy (collaboration with the University of Eastern Piedmont).

Since 4.2017:                     Vitamin D, leptin, overweight and bladder cancer risk

Since 1.2017:                     Prescribed drugs and cutaneous melanoma

Since 2.2016:                     Meta-analyse av solkrembruk og føflekkreft

Since 11.2015:                   Vitamin D, obesity and cutaneous malignant melanoma: incidence and survival:




Selected publications:

Stenehjem JS, Veierød MB, Nilsen LT, Ghiasvand R, Johnsen B, Grimsrud TK, Babigumira R, Støer NC, Rees JR, Robsahm TE (2018)
Anthropometric factors and Breslow thickness: prospective data on 2570 cases of cutaneous melanoma in the population-based Janus Cohort
Br J Dermatol (in press)
PubMed 29858512

Gislefoss RE, Stenehjem JS, Hektoen HH, Andreassen BK, Langseth H, Axcrona K, Weiderpass E, Mondul A, Robsahm TE (2018)
Vitamin D, obesity and leptin in relation to bladder cancer incidence and survival: prospective protocol study
BMJ Open, 8 (3), e019309
PubMed 29602840

Stenehjem JS, Hjerkind KV, Nilsen TIL (2018)
Adiposity, physical activity, and risk of hypertension: prospective data from the population-based HUNT Study, Norway
J Hum Hypertens, 32 (4), 278-286
PubMed 29483587

Stenehjem JS, Smeland KB, Murbraech K, Holte H, Kvaløy SO, Wethal T, Kiserud CE, Samersaw-Lund MB (2017)
Obstructive and restrictive pulmonary dysfunction in long-term lymphoma survivors after high-dose therapy with autologous stem cell transplantation
Acta Oncol, 57 (6), 773-781
PubMed 29171324

Stenehjem JS, Veierød MB, Nilsen LT, Ghiasvand R, Johnsen B, Grimsrud TK, Babigumira R, Rees JR, Robsahm TE (2017)
Anthropometric factors and cutaneous melanoma: Prospective data from the population-based Janus Cohort
Int J Cancer, 142 (4), 681-690
PubMed 28983909

Appearances in news media:

2018 (Jan.)       Interview on HSE aspects in the offshore petroleum sector in Norway Exports’ news magazine.

2017 (Oct.)      Interview on national radio with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)

2017 (Oct.)      Interview on the Norwegian TV channel TV2’s website

2017 (Oct.)      Interview on the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)’s website

2017 (Aug.)     Interview on national radio with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)

2017 (Aug.)     Interview in Dagbladet [Norwegian newspaper]

2017 (Apr.)      Expert comment in Teknisk Ukeblad [The Norwegian Technological Association’s bulletin]

2015 (Mar.)     Interview in Dagbladet [Norwegian newspaper]

2014 (Jun.)      Interview in Dagbladet [Norwegian newspaper]



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