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Health Disparities Seminar Series

October 2009 Seminar Series

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the theme for the October seminar series is “Confronting Breast Cancer Disparities.” The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that more than 40,000 women and 440 men will die from breast cancer this year. With the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. It is the second deadliest cancer in White, African American, Asian, Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native women, and the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program, reports that African American women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer compared to White women, yet they are more likely to die from breast cancer.

Dr. Lisa Newman, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Michigan’s Breast Care Center will be the keynote speaker. Her research focuses on ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome. The presentation will look at high risk breast cancer in women of African ancestry, and highlight preliminary findings from an international research partnership between the University of Michigan and the Komfo Anoyke Teaching Hospital in Kumasi Ghana. It involves the study of breast disease patterns and genotype markers in western, sub-Saharan Africans compared with those of African Americans and White Americans.

Guest Speakers:
Lisa A. Newman, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.
Professor of Surgery and Director
University of Michigan Breast Care Center (more about the speaker)

Topic: High Risk/Triple Negative Breast Cancer and African Ancestry
Variation in breast cancer incidence and outcome is well documented between geographically-separated populations on a worldwide basis. Several factors contribute to these trends and observations, including lifestyle, diet, environment, culture, and genetics (click here for the abstract)

Thursday, October 22, 2009
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Lipsett Auditorium (PDF)
NIH Clinical Center/Building 10
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD
There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check to enter the NIH campus (click here for more directions)
Sign Language Interpreters will be available. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 and/or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

For more information contact the NCMHD at 301-402-1366.

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