AMBER Consortium Researchers Gather to Discuss Study Successes and
Over 30 AMBER Consortium researchers from around the country met on Thursday January 8, 2015 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to share study analysis and results and plan for the next exciting steps in examining this complex disease.
Currently, the AMBER Consortium has a combined total of nearly 7500 African American breast cancer cases and over 17,000 healthy controls in this cohort, making this the largest study of breast cancer in African American women in the country.
The African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk:
Numerous studies have demonstrated that women of African ancestry are
more often diagnosed with early, aggressive breast cancers than women of
European descent. African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with
breast cancer before age 45 and are frequently diagnosed with tumors that are
fast growing and lethal. Younger African
American women are more than twice as likely as white women to be diagnosed
with a form of breast cancer that has poor prognosis and no therapeutic agents
that work well. It is startling that
there are few explanations for this aggressive, poor-prognosis and early onset
breast cancers in African American women. Progress in research is limited
because existing studies of African American women lack the number of
participants to investigate a full range of risk factors for breast cancer
defined by early age at onset and type of tumor, and breast cancers that are
The AMBER Consortium
was formed through a National Cancer Institute, Program Project Grant to
combine four of the country's leading studies on African American women and
breast cancer to study over 10,000 women. By combining the data from the Black
Women's Health Study, The Women's Circle of Health Study, the Carolina Breast
Cancer Study and the Multi-Ethnic Cohort Study this consortium will discover
genetic, biologic, reproductive and behavioral risk factors for breast
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color of optimism, amber is fossilized tree resin. The origins of amber come from
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the tree utilizes the sun's energy as a life source in producing this resin.
Amber has been used in rituals through the centuries in ancient wisdom, as a
healing stone allowing the body to heal itself.
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negative energy and turn it to positive, purifying the body and spirit. Many
ancient traditions have considered amber to be the stone of universal life
force, as it encloses life within.