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Too many black women die from breast cancer. Why? BU Slone Epidemiology Center researchers look for answers

April 27th, 2017 in Black Women's Health Study News.

Breast cancer is not color-blind. Although it strikes women (and less commonly, men) of every age and race, black women are more likely than white women to die of breast cancer. Why?

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Researchers identify breast cancer risk factors for younger black women

October 21st, 2016 in Black Women's Health Study News.

Black women under the age of 45 are at increased risk for an aggressive form of breast cancer [estrogen receptor (ER) negative] if they experienced a high number of pregnancies, never breast fed, and/or had higher waist-to-hip ratio.

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Seeking better understanding of breast cancer in African American women

July 25th, 2016 in Black Women's Health Study News.

Why do African American women die at higher rates from breast cancer and experience more aggressive breast tumors than white women?

School of Public Health researchers affiliated with the Slone Epidemiology Center (SEC) have received funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to explore this question. The new grant is based on the premise that having a better understanding of the biology of breast cancer in African American women will lead to better prevention and treatment.

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BU researcher awarded grant to better understand breast cancer

July 7th, 2016 in Black Women's Health Study News.

Why do African-American women die at a higher rate and experience more aggressive breast tumors than white women? Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center (SEC) have received funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to explore this question. The new grant is based on the premise that having a better understanding of the biology of breast cancer in African-American women will lead to better prevention and treatment.

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Black women with fibroids face elevated risk of endometrial cancer

April 1st, 2016 in Black Women's Health Study News.

Black women with a history of uterine fibroids had a 40 percent higher risk of endometrial cancer, according to a study led by School of Public Health researchers with the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University.

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Female hormone supplements with estrogen and progestin linked to breast cancer risk

December 1st, 2015 in Black Women's Health Study News.

Postmenopausal African American women who use female hormone supplements containing estrogen and progestin (“combination” therapy) are at an increased risk for estrogen receptor positive breast cancer.

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Yvette Cozier named Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Boston University School of Public Health

July 13th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

Professor Cozier is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and an epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. Her extraordinary record of service around this topic within BU, her research interests, and her ability to build and foster multidisciplinary collaborations make Professor Cozier uniquely well suited for this position.

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Edward Ruiz-Narváez elected to National Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica

March 27th, 2015 in Black Women's Health Study News.

Edward Ruiz-Narváez, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica.

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New model better predicts breast cancer risk in African American women

January 27th, 2015 in Black Women's Health Study News.

Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center have developed a breast cancer risk prediction model for African-American women that found greater accuracy in predicting risk for the disease. The use of this model could result in increased eligibility of African Americans in breast cancer prevention trials.

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Birth weight and diabetes

September 3rd, 2014 in Black Women's Health Study News.

African-Americans born at low birth weight are at an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life, a new study has found.

Researchers at Boston University School of Public Health followed more than 21,000 women ages 21 to 69 who were enrolled in a large study of African-American women’s health for 16 years. Some 2,388 of them developed Type 2 diabetes.

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