Barriers to early breast cancer diagnosis in the South African setting

17/04/2014 Researchers at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, South Africa, and IARC quantify the association between geographical access to health care and more advanced stage at breast cancer diagnosis, a strong prognostic indicator. In a peri-urban South African setting, women living beyond 20 km from the hospital had a considerably later stage at diagnosis, a shorter distance than previously thought. This effect was more pronounced in an underrepresented group of patients over the age of 70. Targeting efforts for early diagnosis of breast cancer in these women could improve diagnostic stage and help reduce the number of lives taken by breast cancer in these settings. This study is published in the International Journal of Cancer.

C. Dickens, M. Joffe, J. Jacobson, F. Venter, J. Schz, H. Cubasch, V. McCormack
Stage at breast cancer diagnosis and distance from diagnostic hospital in a periurban setting: A South African public hospital case series of over 1,000 women.
Int J Cancer. doi: 10.1002/ijc.28861. [Article first published online: 7 APR 2014]
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IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Nutrition and Metabolism / Biomarkers Group

07/04/2014 A postdoctoral opportunity is immediately available within the Group to apply metabolomic methodologies based on high performance liquid chromatography and high-resolution mass spectrometry to the discovery of new biomarkers of exposure related to cancer risk. The postdoctoral fellow will work in an innovative, well-equipped and scientifically stimulating environment. The research proposed is part of national and international projects involving leading research groups in the fields of cancer epidemiology and funded by the European Project EurocanPlatform (http://www.eurocanplatform.eu/).
Deadline: 15 May 2014
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Improving Public Health Through Mycotoxin Control - IARC Scientific Publication, No 158

10/01/2013 Improving Public Health Through Mycotoxin Control
IARC Scientific Publication, No 158
Edited by JI Pitt, CP Wild, RA Baan, WCA Gelderblom, JD Miller, RT Riley and F Wu.
This book aims to sensitize the international community to the mycotoxin problem in a format that is accessible to a wide audience and is useful to decision-makers across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including agriculture, public health, marketing, and economics.
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