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Avon Foundation Convened Breast Cancer Experts in Miami to Address Prevention Strategies at Annual Forum
Date:2/24/2009

2009 Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Forum Focuses on Research & Strategies in the 21st Century

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 100 scientists and clinicians from the U.S., Mexico, and Europe joined together in Miami, FL to discuss the latest in breast cancer research and prevention at the Avon Foundation's annual Breast Cancer Forum, which was sponsored this year by Novartis Oncology, sanofi-aventis U.S., and GE Healthcare. For two days, they shared ideas, challenged results, and engaged in lively discussions on research techniques, methods and strategies for the critical issue of breast cancer prevention in the 21st century. Presentations encompassed a broad spectrum of issues, from breast cancer disparities between Caucasian and black and Hispanic women to new prevention research, risk-reduction strategies and the application of disease biomarkers. The purpose of this annual Avon Foundation Forum is to foster collaboration among individuals and institutions, share best practices and disseminate the most recent breast cancer research data to expedite the eradication of breast cancer.

A few highlights from the presentations, all of which are funded by the Avon Foundation, include:

  • Dr. Steve Whitman, Director of the Sinai Urban Health Institute in Chicago, who was representing the breakthrough Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, presented the newest data on black:white disparities in breast cancer. Among the achievements since the initial study results were released in 2007, the Task Force was able to mobilize Chicagoland voters to help pass legislation granting free mammograms to all uninsured women.

  • Dr. Dora Cavallo-Medved, Assistant Professor (research) Wayne State University in Michigan presented new data on biomarkers in inflammatory breast cancer, IBC. While IBC is a rare form of
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