2020 UofSC breast cancer faculty experts list



October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The University of South Carolina has a number of faculty members who are available to offer their expertise in breast cancer stories. To coordinate an interview, contact the staff member listed with each expert entry.

Disparities in breast cancer screening, treatment

Whitney Zahnd researches racial and rural-urban disparities in breast cancer outcomes as well as access to mammography services. She has a particular interest in reducing cancer disparities among rural minority populations. Zahnd is a research assistant professor at the Rural & Minority Health Research Center in the Arnold School of Public Health.
News contact: Erin Bluvas, bluvase@sc.edu, 843-302-1681

Nationally, African American women have a greater than 40 percent higher risk of dying from breast cancer than white women, and they are more likely to be diagnosed at a younger age and with more advanced disease. With funding from Susan G. Komen, UofSC epidemiology professor Susan Steck and pathology, microbiology and immunology associate professor Angela Murphy have established the Interdisciplinary Graduate Training to Eliminate Cancer Disparities (IGniTE-CD) program. The program trains doctoral students to conduct research on breast cancer disparities. 
News contact: Erin Bluvas, bluvase@sc.edu, 843-302-1681

Swann Arp Adams’ research focuses on understanding and intervening upon cancer health disparities experienced by African Americans. She is available to discuss her recent research on Medicaid coverage expansion and the implications for gaps in cancer care. Adams is an associate professor in the Arnold School of Public Health and the College of Nursing and is co-director of the Cancer Survivorship Center.
News contact: Jan Johnson, jnjohnso@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-1842

Breast cancer rehabilitation

Women diagnosed with breast cancer often report problems with upper body range of motion, strength and function. These problems may be caused by the cancer itself or treatments related to breast cancer such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Shana Harrington, a physical therapy researcher in the Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Exercise Science, conducts research to help prevent or minimize these problems and to create treatment protocols that may improve function and quality of life. 
News contact: Erin Bluvas, bluvase@sc.edu, 843-302-1681

Social support networks in African American breast cancer patients

Sue Heiney has conducted research on minority recruitment and retention to cancer studies and the social support networks of African American breast cancer patients. Heiney, who is the Shealy Dunn Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing, can discuss the role social support networks play in African American breast cancer patients. 
News contact: Jan Johnson, jnjohnso@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-1842


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