Breast Health Event March 5 Educates on Environmental Factors, Research


The University of Cincinnati (UC) Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG) and the board for the Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati are hosting “Looking Upstream for Breast Cancer Health,” an educational community program, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5, on the UC Reading Campus, 2189 E. Galbraith Road.

The event will give breast cancer survivors, their families and friends the opportunity to hear about the latest research in improving breast health and the role of environmental factors in the illness. Topics will include the use of integrative medicine after diagnosis, the implications of genetic testing and how chemicals and pharmaceuticals in drinking water could relate to breast cancer.

“This is the 11th year for this event which always touches on a different area of breast cancer causes, diagnosis and treatment,” says Susan Pinney, PhD, professor in the UC Department of Environmental Health, where the CEG is housed, a member and leader in both the Cincinnati Cancer Center and UC Cancer Institute and director of the registry. “We want to focus on various aspects of breast health this year and to provide updates on our registry which has been in existence since 2006.”

The Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati, funded by the National Institutes of Health, allows researchers to gather statistics on the occurrence of breast cancer in the Greater Cincinnati area and to support and facilitate studies addressing a wide variety of research questions related to breast cancer, especially those that investigate its causes. Pinney will provide updates about the registry at the event as one of the speakers.

The event will end with lunch, where participants can ask experts about genetic counseling, environmental contributors to cancer or additional questions about medical oncology, integrative medicine and research findings.

“This is an opportunity to learn about the latest in breast health from experts in our community,” Pinney adds. “We are thrilled to educate the public on the latest research UC scientists and our partners are doing to understand how breast cancer develops and ways to combat it.”

Registration for the event is $25; parking is free. Please register by March 2.

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