AN UPDATE FROM THE MARIN WOMEN’S STUDY:
How The Interplay of Genes, Hormones and Life Events Points to a New Prevention Strategy for Breast Cancer
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Presentation: 10:30 am – 12:00 Noon
Doors open at 10:00 am
Buck faculty Christopher Benz, MD, in partnership with the Marin Department of Health and Human Services helped launch the Marin Women’s Study (MWS) in 2006. The MWS, which enrolled 14,000 women, was designed to identify lifestyle patterns and inherited characteristics contributing to the very high incidence of breast cancer in the county. Collaborations with scientists at Buck have identified an intriguing new prevention strategy for breast cancer based on a woman’s genetics and reproductive history. Come learn more about the MWS’s recent findings, including this potential strategy for breast cancer prevention and the goal of expanding the research to validate the MWS findings in women throughout California.
Dr. Christopher Benz is a practicing oncologist and researcher. He works from the lab to the bedside and engages the community in efforts to develop prevention strategies,and improve therapies for those already diagnosed with breast cancer. Among other accomplishments, his lab developed a targeted therapeutic that is already advancing through clinical trials and helping many women with metastatic breast cancer.
Lee Ann Prebil, PhD is an epidemiologist for the County of Marin and is a researcher on the MWS. Her research is concentrated on the long-term impact of pregnancy on women’s health. Along with her colleagues, Dr. Prebil designed and implemented the MWS, and continues analyzing and maintaining MWS data. Her MWS research has focused on the impact of reproductive history and hormone levels on breast density and breast cancer, as well as the epidemiology of menopausal symptoms and the use of hormone therapy.
This community seminar is generously sponsored by the Levy family in memory of Dr. S. William Levy.
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Suggested donation: $10
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