The American Cancer Society began its third major long-term follow-up study in 1982, enrolling approximately 1.2 million American men and women. This nationwide study, called Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II) – and its companion study, the CPS-II Nutrition Cohort – have yielded mountains of cancer insights – including numerous breast cancer insights. Learn more here.
Breast Cancer Research News
When Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., now an American Cancer Society Research Professor at the University of Washington, discovered the genetic mutation that’s responsible for 5–10% of all breast cancers, the world was changed.
Breast cancer is most dangerous once it spreads elsewhere in the body. American Cancer Society-funded researcher Sandra McAllister, Ph.D., has discovered how some metastatic tumors develop and is now working to predict and prevent breast cancer’s spread.
Breast cancer researcher and breast cancer survivor Maryellen Brisbois says she got her sense of humor from her father. She is thankful for it because laughter, she says, is what helped get her and her family through her battle with breast cancer 7 years ago. Brisbois, a long-time practicing nurse, is now a professor and researcher and has uncovered unique insights into Latinas’ experience with breast cancer.
Disabling a protein overexpressed in half of breast cancers can stop tumor cells from multiplying. American Cancer Society-funded researcher Xiaoting Zhang, Ph.D., is trying to understand how this process works so that a drug can be developed to target the protein.
For American women, breast cancer is one of the most common cancers, with 1 in 8 developing it in their lifetime. However, largely due to research discoveries, breast cancer in women declined in the early 2000s – after increasing for years. In addition, more women who do get breast cancer are now surviving it. These are the stories of 7 American Cancer Society-supported pioneers in breast cancer research who laid the foundation for breast cancer treatments that are saving lives today.
Dr. Yibin Kang, Ph.D., recipient of an American Cancer Society grant for functional genomics analysis of breast cancer dormancy and progression, recognized with an AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research.
Learn more about American Cancer Society grantee Lee Ligon, PhD’s research on a molecule called Cadherin-23 and its relationship to the speed or extent of breast cancer metastasis.
American Cancer Society funded Researcher, Liana Castel, PhD conducts research at Vanderbilt University to better understand how joint pain affects women and strategies to help them continue taking aromatase inhibitor drugs.
Getting regular exercise is important for breast cancer survivors’ continued health. Physical activity can help lessen certain side effects of treatment, such as fatigue and depression, and has been shown to reduce risk of recurrence and improve survival. Few survivors, however, are getting enough exercise for it to be beneficial. Learn more here.