Her team wanted to see if characteristics Mayo researchers found in white women increase or decrease risk in the same ways in black women.
"Hopefully, this eventually means the risk models that will be developed will be similar if not identical for white and black women, which simplifies usage," Cote said. "The question is, what are those pathological features that actually increase risk, because not all benign biopsies are the same."
She said her study marks a successful collaboration between Wayne State, Karmanos and the Mayo Clinic that helps identify those at greatest risk for breast cancer and lays the groundwork for studying additional pathological characteristics.
"Better characterization of the risk of breast cancer among women with BBD, considering both ethnicity and detailed molecular findings, can lead to better surveillance, earlier diagnosis and, potentially, improved survival," Cote said.
Cote received funding in 2012 from Susan G. Komen for the Cure to continue her research in the Detroit area on benign breast disease and the risk of breast cancer in African-American women.
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