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Areas of Focus

Areas of Focus

Breast cancer is a complex disease…

with no simple solution. That’s why our researchers are investigating it from every angle. Learn more about our areas of focus and why each one is critical to stopping cancer from the start, slowing its progress, and one day preventing it altogether.

Heredity & Ethnicity

Most people who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease, but we know that’s not always the case. A person’s family history, inheritance, race and ethnicity are all important risk factors that have long been part of our research agenda. Our scientists have been behind major breakthroughs in this area, including discovering the role BRCA1 and BRCA2 play in breast cancer and uncovering the genetic link to more aggressive forms of the disease in women of African descent.

The more progress our researchers make, the better doctors are able to predict who is at risk and what can be done to prevent cancer’s onset.

Heredity & Ethnicity Researchers

Christine B. Ambrosone, PhD

Dr. Ambrosone is a Distinguished Professor of Oncology, Chair of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control, and Senior Vice President for Population...

BCRF Investigator Since 2008

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Kimberly (right), Diagnosed in 2008