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Hispanic women and breast cancer: An understudied group
Date:2/4/2009

This release is available in Spanish.

CAREFREE, A.Z. - Data from the ELLA Binational Breast Cancer Study will be released for the first time at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Carefree, Arizona.

"Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority group in the United States, but little is known about their risk for breast cancer," said Elena Martinez, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson. "The study recruited women who were recently diagnosed with invasive breast cancer living in the United States and in Mexico. We hope to understand more about what puts these women at risk for specific types of breast cancer."

Martinez will moderate a press conference in both English and Spanish at the Science of Cancer Health Disparities meeting. The English-language press conference will take place at 10:00 a.m. MST on Wednesday, February 4, while the Spanish-language press conference will take place at 11:00 a.m. MST on the same day. Reporters unable to attend in person can call in to each conference at 888-282-7404.

"We are just beginning to scratch the surface of our understanding of this disease in Hispanic women, but we are noticing a difference between Mexican-born Hispanics and American-born Hispanics," said Martinez.

The press conference will feature three abstracts from the ELLA Binational Breast Cancer Study and one additional abstract on Hispanics from the San Francisco Bay Area Breast Cancer Study.

#A78. The ELLA Binational Breast Cancer Study: Risk factor and tumor marker profile in women of Mexican ancestry.

The first abstract will be presented by Maria M. Meza-Montenegro, Ph.
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Contact: Jeremy Moore
Jeremy.moore@aacr.org
267-646-0557
American Association for Cancer Research
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