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Hutchinson Center receives $10.24 million from NIH for Latina breast cancer research
Date:5/3/2010

sease as compared to non-Hispanic white women because they are likely to be diagnosed with later-stage disease and because they are at increased risk for breast cancers with a poor prognosis. As such, the research will also explore the genetics and biology of Latina breast cancer to try to identify what makes these women more susceptible than non-Hispanic white women to particularly aggressive, treatment-resistant forms of the disease.

The long-term goal of the project is to understand the precursors of breast cancer in Latinas, understand the types of breast cancer found in this population, and develop and implement a comprehensive screening program to improve early detection of the disease.

The initiative will involve approximately 30 investigators throughout the Hutchinson Center and at several collaborating institutions, including the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the University of Washington and the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. Sea Mar Community Health Center in Seattle also will participate in one of the projects.

The research will be carried out in four projects:

PROJECT 1: Screening Mammography and Latinas: A Multilevel Intervention This project, which will involve 600 Seattle-area Hispanic women, aims to test the effectiveness of various interventions in increasing mammography screening rates. Among the interventions to be tested is the use of promotoras, outreach workers who help promote and raise awareness of health and educational issues, such as cancer screening, within the Hispanic community. In one arm of the study, promotoras provided by Sea Mar Community Health Center will make house calls to encourage women to get mammograms, either at their local health clinic or via the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Mobile Digital Mammography Service, or "MammoVan." "The beauty of promotoras is they are like the people they are trying to reach," Thompson said. "So instead of having a nurse come to the door there is someone who could
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Contact: Kristen Woodward
kwoodwar@fhcrc.org
206-667-5095
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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