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Local Colleges Play Key Role In Breast Cancer Research

Three researchers at local universities are working on those projects — just a small part in the nation’s multi-million dollar endeavor to find better treatments for breast cancer and help the women and men affected by it. The National Institutes of Health alone directed $800 million to breast cancer research nationwide in 2012, including about $13 million for projects at universities in Ohio. This year, nearly 40,000 women will die from breast cancer and another 300,000 will develop it in some form, according to the American Cancer Society. Some will experience the most aggressive type — called triple-negative by doctors — that is currently being studied in one of 20 laboratories dedicated to breast cancer at Ohio State University, according to Dr. Charles Shapiro, director of breast medical oncology at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.