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Research Seminar: Social determinants of rural breast cancer disparities
October 23, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Kelly Hirko, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Michigan State University, joins us for a talk about her research into the social determinants of rural breast cancer disparities.
Hirko’s research aims to understand the etiology of cancer through the investigation of modifiable lifestyle risk factors, particularly obesity and nutrition, to reduce the overall burden of the disease. She is interested in using biomarkers, such as sex steroid concentrations and tumor marker characteristics, to illuminate the pathways through which exposures to certain lifestyle factors may result in the development of breast cancer. She is also particularly interested in understanding risk factors for aggressive breast cancer subtypes, including estrogen receptor-negative tumors, and inflammatory breast cancer.
Hirko’s research interests also focus on investigating potential contributors to racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer occurrence and prognosis after diagnosis. Investigating cancer disparities can lead to a better understanding of the etiology of cancer and the elucidation of novel risk factors for cancer incidence and disease progression.