Study Could Help Find Breast Cancer Treatment

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"One of the more disturbing stories I read was published by the Associated Press. The headline read, 'Breast cancer more deadly in black women,'" Jarvis DeBerry, a New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial writer, writes in an opinion piece.

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Hecontinues, "Simply put, black women get the disease at earlier agesthan their white counterparts and when the disease is detected, ittends to be at a later stage." The disease also can "find itself a goodgenetic path and wreak havoc along it," which is why "researchersbehind the Sister StudyBreast Cancer Research project want to find out what, if anything,distinguishes women who suffer breast cancer from their sisters who" donot, DeBerry writes.

"As researchers move closer to their goalof 50,000 study participants, they are hoping that they will be able toget more" black and Hispanic women to participate in the research,DeBerry adds, concluding, "Who knows what researchers will find. ...But one hopes they find out something -- anything -- that will makeboth preventing breast cancer and curing it more likely" (DeBerry, NewOrleans Times-Picayune, 10/30).

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