WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 30 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they’re embarking on a 20-year, multination study to learn more about the roles diet and nutrition play in breast cancer.
Purdue University scientists will lead a team in the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition Project, partnering with the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a university release said Thursday.
The effort will begin by focusing on the United States, France, Japan, Ghana, Uruguay, Lebanon and Canada.
Each country will have a dedicated research team, and the project will have a number of milestones at several-year intervals, the release said.
This effort will allow scientists to study worldwide diversity in breast cancer rates, dietary patterns and cultural background, researchers say.
“What we are specifically looking at is how the disease and prevention are related to women’s heritage and environment,” said Sophie Lelievre, associate professor of basic medical sciences and leader of the Breast Cancer Discovery Group at the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.
“The reality is that there are many unknowns about how nutrition relates to breast cancer prevention and recurrence,” Connie Weaver, head of the Purdue Department of Foods and Nutrition, said.
“Up until now, the link between diet and risk of breast cancer has not been studied in populations that encompass the diversity of diet and breast cancer incidence observed around the world,” she said.
The project will launch Oct. 18-19 at Purdue during the Symposium on Breast Cancer Prevention, the university said.
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