The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) has awarded a grant to Dr. Andrew Dannenberg of Weill Cornell Medical College to fund research into the link between obesity, inflammation and breast cancer. Dr. Dannenberg is the director of the Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The grant is funded through Bloomingdale’s annual Pink Campaign.
“If left unchecked over long periods of time, inflammation can predispose people to a variety of illnesses, including breast cancer,” said Dr. Dannenberg. “Understanding specific ways inflammation works on a molecular level will help us develop better and safer ways to prevent and treat the disease.”
In the past year, Dr. Dannenberg and colleagues discovered links between obesity, breast inflammation and molecular changes known to effect the formation and progression of breast cancer. Inflammation was previously known to predispose people to other tumor types, but this research was the first evidence for breast tumors. These findings provide an opportunity for developing breast cancer risk reduction strategies.