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08.26.15

New study stokes debate about early-stage breast cancer treatments, shines light on need for primary prevention

  By Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D. A new study, published in JAMA Oncology, found that aggressive treatments (surgery followed by radiation therapy) of ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, did not lead to a reduction in death. While the study sparks questions about how DCIS should be classified and treated, ... Read more...

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Janet Gray, Ph.D.

Janet Gray, Ph.D.

Dr. Janet Gray, editor of the 2008 and 2010 editions of the Breast Cancer Fund's groundbreaking report, State of the Evidence, has provided access to and clearer understanding of the complex science linking breast cancer to chemicals and radiation.

Janet, a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS) at Vassar College, has a background in behavioral neuroscience. Her laboratory research has focused on the effects of estrogens and mixed antiestrogens, especially tamoxifen, on brain activity and behavior.

In recent years, her research and writing focus has turned toward engaging the public in the complex issues surrounding breast cancer and environmental risks. As part of her work in this arena, she led a multidisciplinary group of students and professionals in the development of a widely distributed interactive CD that explores the scientific literature on breast cancer and environmental risks, released in 2006. An updated Web version of the CD was released in the spring of 2008.

It was after the release of the CD that Janet signed on as editor of the fifth edition (2008) of the Breast Cancer Fund's State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment. She also authored the sixth edition (2010).