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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Breast Cancer

DCEG researchers conduct studies on breast cancer, a cancer that usually forms in the breast ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). Breast cancer occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. Selected studies include:

Breast Cancer Case-Control Study in Poland
A population-based case-control study of breast cancer in Poland that combines state-of-the art techniques of exposure assessment and collection of biological specimens

Breast Cancer Detection Demonstration Project Follow-up Study
A follow-up study of women who were participants in the Breast Cancer Detection Demonstration Project

Breast Cancer Tumor Characterization Studies
Large-scale molecular pathology studies to understand how genetic and environmental risk factors are related to breast cancer tumor features and clinical progression.

Breast Imaging Study
A study to evaluate the use of several new, promising breast cancer screening techniques in women at high genetic risk of breast cancer

Breast Radiology Evaluation and Study of Tissues (BREAST) Stamp Project
A study that aims to characterize the radiologic, histologic, and molecular features of dense breast tissue

Columbia, Missouri Serum Bank Follow-up Study
A study established as part of NCI's Biological Markers Project to identify serum markers for breast cancer

Confluence Project
The Confluence Project will develop a large research resource by 2020 to uncover breast cancer genetics through genome-wide association studies (GWAS). The resource will include at least 300,000 breast cancer cases and 300,000 controls of different races/ethnicities. This will be accomplished by the confluence of existing GWAS and new genome-wide genotyping data to generated through this project.

Ghana Breast Health Study
The Ghana Breast Health Study is a multidisciplinary case-control study of breast cancer in Ghana, West Africa.

Terminal Duct Lobular Unit Involution of the Normal Breast
Molecular epidemiologic study of terminal duct lobular units of the normal breast, conducted in collaboration with the Susan G. Komen® Tissue Bank

Ultrasound Study of the Effects of Tamoxifen on Breast Tissue
A study using ultrasound tomography to define the time course of volumetric breast density changes among women receiving tamoxifen treatment