Komen foundation to study environmental impact on breast cancer

By WEEK Producer

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 2, 2013 at 9:54 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Susan G. Komen foundation has announced that millions of dollars in new grants will be used for environmental research.

Five grants totaling $42 million will go towards global breast cancer research, aimed at understanding the role the environment may play in breast cancer development.
    
With these grants, the foundation has now invested more than $790 million into breast cancer research.
    
Currently one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
    
However, Susan G. Komen officials hope to decrease that statistic with more and more donations every year.

"We have to be able to give some kind of hope. We have to get to the point where every stage of breast cancer is treatable. We need to prevent breast cancer from happening if there is an environmental link. If we can eliminate those risks, then we can also reduce the risk of the disease to begin with," said Susan G. Komen Development Director, Gina Morss-Fischer.

The Komen Memorial Affiliate has many upcoming events to raise local research dollars, like the Bloomington-Normal Race for the Cure on September 14th.

To register visit komenmemorial.org.

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