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Research by the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit gets spotlight in Nature

February 2016

 Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit In a special supplement on breast cancer in Nature, research conducted by Joanne Kotsopoulos, PhD, and the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit was profiled as an important contributor to the global effort to improve breast cancer prevention and management options for high-risk women.

Kotsopoulos is a scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and much of her research focuses on exploring novel strategies for managing breast and ovarian cancer risk, particularly in women with BRCA gene mutations. She is based in the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit, which is led by Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Dr. Steven Narod. The team has become internationally renowned for their study of inherited breast and ovarian cancers.

The Nature article, which delves into the interplay of genetic and environmental influences on cancer, profiles research by the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit on the role of weight, medications, and exercise in shaping breast and ovarian cancer risk. This work is already informing interventions for high-risk women.

To read the article, click here.

To learn more about the work of the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit, click here.

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