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U-M surgeon selected to advisory committee on breast cancer in young women-added 10/28/10
Ann Arbor - University of Michigan surgical oncologist Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H., was one of 15 people invited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, a federal advisory committee established by the Affordable Care Act.
The new law charges CDC with the responsibility of developing initiatives to increase knowledge of breast health and breast cancer among women, particularly among those under the age of 40 and those at heightened risk for developing the disease.
Newman is director of the Breast Care Center at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School. Her primary research has focused on ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome, the evaluation and management of high-risk patients, broadened applications for induction chemotherapy, and special surgical techniques such as the skin- sparing mastectomy and lymphatic mapping/sentinel lymph node biopsy.
"The Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women will consist of external experts and stakeholders who will assist CDC in developing evidence-based approaches to advance understanding and awareness of breast cancer among young women," said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. "From prevention research, to education for health professionals, to designing and promoting awareness activities for the public, we look forward to working with the committee to educate providers, patients and young women about breast cancer prevention and treatments."
The individuals invited to serve on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women represent researchers, clinicians, advocates, and breast cancer survivors from across the country.
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Written by Nicole Fawcett