Breast Cancer Research Focused On Genetics

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

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Liz Fleissner, RN, BSN
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Potentially life-saving research is being done in the Omaha metro. Doctors want to prevent breast cancer from forming in people genetically predisposed to it.

Denise Ibsen Cole is one of about 100 people participating in a genetics study on family breast cancer. A few years ago, Ibsen Cole learned she carried the BRCA-1 gene and was at high risk for developing cancer.

Her mother had BRCA-1 too and when she died, she donated her body to science. "She really felt like it was her way of still empowering the medical community to help fight this disease one more way," said Ibsen Cole.

When she met Dr. Sanming Wang, Ibsen Cole felt, participating in the study, was her way to emulate what her mother had done.

Dr. Wang is heading up the study at UNMC. In his lab, he is able to look at people's genetic make-up and find similarities among family members.

He says more participating families and funding is needed to complete the study. He is hoping to do so in a few years.

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