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Health Agencies Update
August 23/30, 2016

NCI Launches Large Study of Breast Cancer Genetics in Black Women

JAMA. 2016;316(8):808. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.11180

Why are African-American women more likely to die from breast cancer than women of all other races? And why are rates of triple-negative breast cancer twice as high in black women than in white women? These longstanding questions are the main focus of a new National Cancer Institute (NCI)–funded study, launched on July 6 (http://bit.ly/29hRsh6).

The Breast Cancer Genetic Study in African-Ancestry Populations is the largest ever investigation of genetic and biological factors that contribute to breast cancer in black women. Investigators will compare the genomes of 20 000 black women with breast cancer with those of 20 000 breast cancer-free black women. The genomes of white women who have breast cancer will also be compared.