Researchers from Western New York have found that women who developed breast cancer before menopause tend to cluster based on where they were born and where they lived at their menarche (start of menstruation). Using GIS technology, clustering data indicated that these women may have been exposed to something in the environment at those times in their lives that increased their risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer. Research also showed that there was less evidence of clustering of postmenopausal cancer cases.
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Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC