Breast cancer disparities: Frontline strategies, proceedings of the 7 th annual texas conference on health disparities

Marilyne Kpetemey, Meghana Kashyap, Lee Gibbs, Jamboor Vishwanatha

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There are striking disparities in health status, access to health care, and risk factors among racial and ethnic minorities and the general population in Texas. The disparities are multifactorial comprising genetic, sociocultural, and environmental variables. The Texas Center for Health Disparities (TCHD), a NIMHD Center of Excellence (COE), aims to prevent, reduce, and eliminate health disparities in the communities through research, education, and community-based programs. As part of the center′s outreach activities, an annual conference is organized to build awareness and knowledge on health disparities. The overall theme for the 2012 conference was Battling Breast Cancer Disparities: Frontline Strategies. The scientific program consisted of three sessions: Breakthroughs in Breast Cancer, Triple Negative Breast Cancer, and Hormone Resistant Breast Cancer featuring different aspects of bench-research from molecular biology, proteomics, and genetics to the clinical aspects such as detection, diagnosis, and finally to community-based approaches. This article summarizes the proceedings of the meeting providing salient strategies and best practices presented by the speakers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16
JournalJournal of Carcinogenesis
StatePublished - 2012


  • Breast cancer
  • conference
  • disparities
  • proceedings
  • triple negative breast cancer


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