Focus on Cancer
About This Show
According to the American Cancer Society, yearly deaths from cancer are decreasing— marking the first period of decline in nearly 70 years. ReachMD takes a closer look at the driving forces behind these advances: medications that hone in on specific tumor targets, more accurate screening and diagnostic technologies, and pioneering surgical methods that provide new hope for patients suffering from these devastating diseases.
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Linking p53 Variation to Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women
It's widely known that genetics, family history, race, and other factors all play important roles in cancer risk. But what kinds of roles do they play, specifically, and how can we leverage these understandings into better primary care? Dr. Brian McDonough is joined by Dr. Maureen Murphy, research scientist at the Wistar Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Murphy has spent the past twenty years studying how genes affect breast cancer risk in women, particularly for African American populations. She discusses her findings on the discovery of p53 protein variants and how this advances the role for precision medicine in treating breast cancer.