NIH Funds Toriola to Study Mammographic Breast Density

Adetunji_ToriolaAdetunji T. Toriola, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of surgery, has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for a two-year, R21 grant. The study will investigate the associations of RANK pathway with mammographic density in postmenopausal mid-life women (age 50-64 years), as well as factors that influence these women’s intent to use a new chemo-preventive agent. A very dense breast on mammogram is one of the strongest risk factors for breast cancer, and close to 2 million mid-life women (age 50-64 years) in the United States have extremely dense breasts. There is, however, very limited knowledge on how to modify breast density to reduce breast cancer risk.

Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery, and Catherine Appleton, MD, associate professor of radiology, are  co-investigators.