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Developing a Training Program in Breast Cancer Research to Decrease the Disparity of Morbidity and Mortality in Underserved/Minority Women

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Annual summary, 1 Oct 2001-30 Sep 2005

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Winston-Salem State University WSSU, a designated Historically Black College and University HBCU, is committed to resolving some of the economic, social, and health problems in the community in which it is located. Breast cancer deaths occur disproportionately in minority women compared with majority women in this community. This proposal is designed to develop a sustainable breast cancer training program at WSSU. Four post-doctoral faculty members from the School of Health Sciences are developing research skills by engaging in breast cancer research with professors at Johns Hopkins University who are experts in this area. An interdisciplinary committee of doctors, nurses, educators, researchers, and professors who have engaged in breast cancer research led by the researchers from JHU are guiding the faculty through this development. The objectives of this training program are to allow the trainees the opportunity to develop research proposals, conduct successful clinical research projects, and publish and to train other WSSU researchers. The post-doctoral faculty members will be able to apply their knowledge to assist minority elderly women in discovering signs of cancer before the cancer becomes hard to treat. The knowledge these researchers gain will allow them to participate in the training of other researchers in the area of breast cancer diagnosis. Consistent with year 3 objectives, the post-doctoral faculty members have attended several training activities, submitted research abstracts and grant applications, and presented papers at scientific conferences. The following research questions will be addressed Does knowledge of cancer tumor markers predict emotional distress What are the predictors of functional status in older minority women who have been treated for breast cancer What are the factors that predict elderly womens ability to detect breast tumors and What determines breast cancer screening adherence in elderly minority women

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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