Breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States, is the second leading cause of cancer death (Ries et al., 2010). Current breast cancer incidence rates in the United States are higher among Caucasians than among African Americans. However, breast cancer mortality rates are higher among African Americans than among Caucasians, perhaps due to the tendency of African American women to be diagnosed with more aggressive disease than Caucasian women (Ries et al., 2010). Some ofthe environmental risk factors for breast cancer identified among Caucasian women (e.g., eariy age at menarche, late age at menopause, lack of physical activity) appear to operate differently in African American women (Bernstein et al., 2003). Few genetic studies of breast cancer have included a sufficient number of African American women to determine whether genetic risk factors or the interaction of genetic and environmental risk factors for breast cancer operate similariy in Caucasian and African American women (Jones et al., 2004). Little is understood about the etiology of breast cancer nor do we know what genetic and environmental factors might help explain racial disparities in breast cancer incidence and mortality.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Type
Specialized Center--Cooperative Agreements (U54)
Project #
5U54CA163066-02
Application #
8380449
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZCA1-SRLB-Y)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2012-09-01
Budget End
2013-08-31
Support Year
2
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$26,264
Indirect Cost
$22,551
Name
Tennessee State University
Department
Type
DUNS #
108814179
City
Nashville
State
TN
Country
United States
Zip Code
37209
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