IU scientists get $1.2M for breast cancer research

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University researchers exploring possible new treatments for breast cancer have received nearly $1.2 million from a breast cancer charity to advance their work.

The funding from Susan G. Komen is part of $4.5 million in grants the Dallas-based charity announced Thursday for research into the role toxins and other environmental factors play in breast cancer’s development.

The $1.2 million for IU researchers includes $500,000 for the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center. That Indianapolis center will use its grant to collect normal breast tissue from women in Kenya to help understand the underlying biology and genetic issues that lead to more aggressive forms of breast cancer.

Women of African descent have higher breast cancer mortality rates.

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