Research Projects | Breast Cancer UK

Research Projects

Breast Cancer UK's concerns about the links between harmful chemicals and breast cancer is supported by decades of scientific evidence. We work with scientists who are spearheading world class research into the effects of cancer causing and hormone disrupting chemicals on the human breast. 

This research comes at a cost - and it's support from you that enables us to continue awarding grants for these research projects.

Current projects 

Breast density research Investigates the effects of four oestrogen mimics (BPA, *genistein, *resveratrol & **diethylstilbestrol) on breast cells (fibroblasts) obtained from breast tissue of different mammographic density (MD), to understand how these influence MD and drive breast cancer [*found in plants; **anti-miscarriage pill no longer used]

COST OF PROJECT:  £45k

AMOUNT RAISED:  £12k

Oxysterols and their role in Triple Negative Breast Cancer This work will measure oxysterols in breast tissue and explore whether particular oxysterols accumulate in breast cancer cells, in particular triple negative breast tumours, leading to chemotherapy resistance and tumour spread. It will also investigate whether a dietary intervention can alter oxysterols produced by host cells, thereby preventing breast cancer recurrence.

COST OF PROJECT:  £45k

AMOUNT RAISED:  £14k

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