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Researcher unlocking mystery of breast cancer in Hawaii

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by Rob Kay

Data from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center tells us that breast cancer is not only the most common cancer among women (comprising 34% of cases), but has the second-highest mortality in Hawaii. (Only lung cancer deaths are higher.)

Identifying who is at high risk of developing invasive breast cancer, determining how to detect it as soon as possible and even preventing it is the mission of John Shepherd, chief scientific officer of the UH Cancer Center and director of the Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands Mammography Registry, referred to as HIPIMR.

“Catching cancer early saves lives,” said Shepherd.

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