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March 2004 Issue

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Breast Cancer Support Network Donates to Environmental Health

Published March 2004

Pink Ribbon Girls, a Cincinnati-based breast cancer support network, has donated $5,000 to the UC Department of Environmental Health for the development of a Greater Cincinnati Breast Cancer Registry. Susan Pinney, PhD, and Katie Brown, PhD, epidemiologists in the Department of Environmental Health, are establishing the registry.

Applying national statistics to local population numbers suggests that 7213 Caucasian and 633 African American women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 10 years. A breast cancer registry will become an important resource for determining prevalence of breast cancer in the area and will act as a vehicle for recruitment into various clinical and epidemiological studies.

“The need for an area breast cancer registry became apparent as we planned for the recently funded Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center,” said Dr.Pinney. “We anticipate this registry will become a valuable tool for researchers conducting studies over a wide range of topics and provide a powerful public health tool for tracking newly diagnosed breast cancers in our community.”

Pink Ribbon Girls originated in 2001 as a support network for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The more than 100 members are strong advocates for communication between researchers, legislators and the general public.

“Pink Ribbon Girls is an organization that focuses on the individual,” said Tracie Metzger, co-founder of the group. “We are the group of people in between those doing research and those making legislation.”

“Many of us are young mothers,” said Dawn Harvey, co-founder of Pink Ribbon Girls. “We want to be studied so that one day our daughters will look back and see how we made their future a better one.”

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