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Shanghai CDC and Hutchinson Center establish Shanghai Breast Health Resource Center
Date:6/22/2011

Chinese health officials.

In Shanghai, the rate of breast cancer increased 138 percent during past 30 years, and among the newly diagnosed breast cancer cases, early stage disease accounts for about 34 percent, which is about 10 percent lower than that in U.S., according to Ying Zheng, M.D., head of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Shanghai CDC.

"Although there is not enough data from research or cancer registries nationwide, existing data suggest that the rise of China's breast cancer mortality rate is caused mainly by the rapid increase in incidence and late stage of diagnosis," said Ying.

"This groundbreaking agreement enables unique research collaborations in the critical area of breast cancer, which can serve as a model for development of comprehensive cancer prevention and control and building the capacity of multidisciplinary cancer prevention and treatment in China," said Benjamin O. Anderson, M.D., BHGI chair and director.

Linking the BHGI and other Hutchinson Center scientists and programs with the Shanghai CDC's programs will provide major advantages both to the U.S. and Chinese research communities by defining and resource-appropriate solutions for breast cancer care programs for China, according to Anderson, who is a researcher in the Hutchinson Center's Public Health Sciences Division and director of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance's Breast Health Clinic.

"The prevention, early detection and multidisciplinary treatment of breast cancer are important strategies for promoting health and extending a healthy life span," said Shanghai CDC Director Wu Fan, M.D. "The agreement to establish the Shanghai Breast Health Resource Center is an important step in effectively addressing breast cancer, especially to improving breast cancer screening and early detection, which are considered to be the most effective and affordable ways for a rapid reduction of breast cancer disease burden in developing countries like China." '/>"/>

Contact: Dean Forbes
dforbes@fhcrc.org
206-667-2896
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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