Uganda Fights Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is 1 of the most common—and deadly—cancers in sub-Saharan Africa: Fewer than 1/2 of women diagnosed are alive after 5 years, compared with 90% in the US.

To improve those numbers, researchers from the Uganda Cancer Institute and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have launched a study to test a diagnostic tool that can affect treatment options, assess a 3-drug chemotherapy regimen, and use genetic sequencing to determine why a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer is more common in sub-Saharan African women.

“Breast cancer is a huge problem in sub-Saharan Africa, but we don’t know much about the biology,” study co-lead, oncologist Manoj Menon says.

Source: Fred Hutch News

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