UT Southwestern Studies Ethnicity Influence in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

UT Southwestern Studies Ethnicity Influence in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
breast cancerThe Center for Breast Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is conducting a large study meant to identify risk factors associated with triple negative breast cancer, one of the most difficult types of cancer to treat. The Center is currently looking for Hispanic women who survived the disease to enroll in the study, in order to compare genetic resemblances of ethnic groups. The national clinical trial, which is being led by Roshni Rao, Director of the George N. Peters, M.D., Center for Breast Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, will start by collecting DNA samples from survivors of triple negative breast cancer, in order to acknowledge the risks related to the disease. “Triple negative breast cancer leads to a disproportionate number of breast cancer deaths, particularly among young breast cancer patients,” Dr. Rao, an associate professor of surgery and a member of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, explained in a UT Southwestern press release“This study will help us determine if there is a pattern that predicts triple negative breast cancer. When we can identify risk factors, women at high risk can be screened earlier and more frequently.”

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