National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Related Research by Pew Biomedical Scholars and Fellows
Pew biomedical scholars and fellows are currently conducting research on breast cancer and its mechanisms of disease.
These Pew-supported scientists include 2013 scholar Shelly Peyton, who studies how cancer spreads in the body. As an assistant professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her research investigates why some types of tumors are more likely than others to spread to specific locations in the body.
The work of 1994 Pew Latin American fellow Alvaro Monteiro focuses on the role of genes in determining who develops cancer, how their cancers progress, and how they respond to therapies. As a professor at the University of South Florida’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, he is identifying genetic changes in breast tumors, with a long-term goal of being able to predict an individual’s response to a drug.
According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 200,000 new diagnoses of breast cancer—which affects both women and men—are made every year in the United States, and more than 40,000 deaths are reported annually. The breast cancer research being conducted by Pew scholars and fellows aims to combat this disease by shedding light on its basic biology.
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- Oct 4, 2013
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