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Aug. 2, 2002 -- No. 412

Researcher to brief reporters on findings in federally mandated breast cancer study

Tuesday (Aug. 6), 10 a.m.

Teleconference Center (on lower level), The Omni Building

333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Uniondale, N.Y.

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health researcher will brief media representatives on the latest findings in the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday (Aug. 6).

Dr. Marilie D. Gammon is the principal investigator of the project, which focused on exposure to air-polluting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the environment and possible links to womenís risk of breast cancer in Suffolk and Nassau counties in New York. Gammon is also an associate professor of epidemiology at UNCís School of Public Health, deputy director of UNCís Environmental Health and Susceptibility Center and a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member.

The study involved testing more than 3,000 women by comparing blood samples of breast cancer patients to blood samples of women without breast cancer. The study will be published in the August issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

The National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences funded the research, which Congress mandated in 1993. The study was done in response to concerns by Long Island cancer activists that Suffolk and Nassau counties showed disproportionately high breast cancer levels compared with other parts of New York state.

Directions to the Omni Building: From New York City, take the Long Island Expressway east toward Long Island, to the Grand Central Parkway exit. Proceed south/east on the Grand Central Parkway, which will become the Northern Parkway. Continue south/east until the Meadowbrook Parkway (Jones Beach exit). Head south on the Meadowbrook Parkway until exit M4. Exit M4 will divide just after you exit, so bear right as you take the exit. After merging, turn left at the second stoplight and then take a quick right into the parking lot of the Omni Building.

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