UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program

bcerpbannerThe UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (UNC BCERP) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health works to understand how environmental influences like obesity affect the susceptibility to basal-like breast cancer and to inform premenopausal African-American women of that risk.


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Research Spotlight

Study finds that postpartum obesity can lead to breast cancer

Though it has long been thought that pregnancy can reduce the chance of breast cancer, a new study finds this may not be so, at least for a specific type of breast cancer.

The study, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, found that pregnancy can increase the risk of basal-like breast cancer, a triple-negative subtype of breast cancer. Read more.

Outreach Spotlight

UNC BCERP staff and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) are collaborating to develop, pilot test and disseminate an interactive website that will inform women about basal-like breast cancer risks. Read more.