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The Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center (BCERC)

The Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center (BCERC) is a consortium composed of Fox Chase Cancer Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (Figure 13).

The Breast Cancer and Environment Research Centers (BCERC)

Figure 13: Structure of the FCCC Breast Cancer and the Environment ResearchCenter

The NCI-NIEHS supported Fox Chase Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center was one of four consortiums working together to investigate the relationship between the environment and breast cancer. The University of Cincinnati, University of California at San Francisco, and Michigan State University are the other three leaders of this effort. The Fox Chase BCERC is a consortium between FCCC, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Figure 14: Components of the BCERC

BCERC consists of two research projects and two cores (Figure 14).

The goal of Project 1 was to investigate the potential of known endocrine disruptors, and one nutritional agent which has been demonstrated to protect against breast cancer, to alter mammary cancer susceptibility when exposure occurs alone and in combination with each other.

The goal of Project 2 was to examine the relationship between environmental exposures and pubertal milestones, taking into consideration hormonal determinants, oxidative stress, and obesity.

The purpose of the Administrative Core is to provide leadership, direction, evaluation, organization and integration of the Center. The goals of the Community Outreach and Translation Core are to develop and coordinate on-site workshops for study participants and to publish and distribute a biannual newsletter on relevant topics.

Our center has taken the leadership of offering training in laboratory research to breast cancer advocates. The Center has an External Advisory Board that meets yearly to gauge the progress of our research endeavor.