Investigación en el cancer de seno -Brownsville, TX

Buscar a mujeres hispanas tomar parte en un estudio de investigación en el cancer de seno.

July 18, 2004 -- The University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health-Brownsville Campus, in partnership with the UT at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, is seeking Hispanic women to participate in a research study on breast cancer.

The four-year project, funded by a $1 million Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research grant, is the first clinical study conducted at UTB-TSC.

The principal investigators are Dr. Gerson Peltz, a medical doctor and associate professor of biology at UTB, and Maureen Sanderson, associate professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health.

Although Hispanics have a higher incidence of many diseases than other groups, breast cancer is an exception. If the mechanism that accounts for this can be understood, it may be possible to lower the incidence for all women. This is the ultimate goal of the study.

"Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths," Sanderson said at the time the grant award was announced.

Yet nationally, in Texas and in Public Health Region 11 -- the border area from Laredo to Aransas -- the incidence of breast cancer is about 40 percent lower in Hispanics than in non-Hispanic whites, she noted.

The study will look at how body-fat content, fat consumption, consumption of phytoestrogens, fiber and other nutrients, and hormones correlate with breast cancer rates in the subjects.

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Women can become part of the study by asking their doctor or by calling the South Texas Women's Health Project toll free at 866-470-7612.

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