According to the American Cancer Society, in 2013, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among US women, as well as an estimated 64,640 additional cases of in situ breast cancer. Furthermore, breast cancer is responsible for the death of about 3% of women nationwide. Thankfully, however, death rates are on the decline, thanks to continued funding and research on this deadly disease.
For example, epidemiologist Katherine Reeves at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst has recently received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study phthalate metabolites as a contributing risk factor to breast cancer.
Phthalate metabolites are plasticizing and solvent chemicals found in cosmetics, shampoo, flooring and medical tubing. The chemicals show up in urine samples in nearly 100 percent of the United States but the correlation with human breast cancer risk is widely unknown. For this study a team of researchers, led by Reeves, will analyze phthalate levels in 500 women with breast cancer.
Reeves says, “This study, where the samples were given many years before any sign of disease appeared, will give us much stronger evidence in terms of causality than studies using another design…with this study we hope to provide not more uncertainty, but instead either reassurance or solid evidence of cause for concern. It is well designed and large enough so no matter what answer we find we can have confidence in the result.”
According to a university press release, the study will also evaluate whether associations between phthalate metabolite levels and breast cancer vary by disease characteristics such as hormone receptor status and personal factors including age, postmenopausal hormone therapy use and body mass index.
In addition to this important project in the field of breast cancer research, University of Massachusetts, Amherst is home to active and well-funded researchers in the fields of:
Environmental Health Sciences
Health Promotion and Policy
Community Health Education
Health Policy and Management
As a leading research institution, UMass Amherst spends millions of dollars in R&D funding every year to further important research in health and medicine. Recent examples of life science funding at UMass include:
- The University of Massachusetts, Amherst ranks third in Massachusetts for research funding from the National Science Foundation, behind only MIT and Harvard University.
- The University of Massachusetts, Amherst is undergoing a five-year, $1.4 billion construction and renovation project on its campus.
- In 2013, UMass received $39.7 million in research funding from the NSF.
- In 2013, the National Institutes of Health awarded the University of Massachusetts, Amherst $21.7 million in research funding.
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