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Senator Jeanne Lucas

Senator Jeanne Lucas

Every year in North Carolina approximately 5,500 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Although the number of new cases remains high, advances in research are leading to improvements in both incidence rates and long-term survival,with nearly 90% of women living 5 or more years after diagnosis, and 80% living 10 or more. The Carolina Breast Cancer Study (CBCS) examines the causes of breast cancer in black and white women.

Begun in 1993, the study is conducted by the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and is also affiliated with the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  It is funded in part by the University Cancer Research Fund and the National Cancer Institute‘s Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in breast cancer.

In October 2013, we completed enrollment of 3000 participants in Phase III of the study, named in honor of State Senator Jeanne Hopkins Lucas (pictured above).   Senator Lucas was the first African-American female to serve in the North Carolina state senate, where she was a strong advocate for higher education. Senator Lucas died of breast cancer in March of 2007 at the age of 71.

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