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2023 Breast Cancer Awareness Faculty Experts

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The University of South Carolina has several faculty members who can offer expertise on the subject.  

To coordinate an interview, contact the staff members listed below.

Pharmaceutical research for breast cancer treatment 

Eugenia Broude, an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, studies the effects of anticancer drugs on lab-grown mammalian cells to aid in discovery of new drug targets and improve the efficacy of current cancer treatments. She can discuss breast cancer targeted therapy and the effects of anticancer drugs.

News contact: Margaret Gregory,, 803-760-0255.

Karen Wickersham
conducts research on drug therapies and managing side effects to improve quality of life for people who have advanced cancers and patients who experience disparities in cancer care because of factors such as race, age and rural location. Her goal is to develop interventions to manage side effects, including tailoring drug interventions by dose, duration and timing. Wickersham is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. She can discuss health disparities, access to breast cancer care, cancer survivorship, symptom management and medication adherence.

News contact: Nicole Meares,, 803-777-9147.


Disparities in breast cancer prevention, screening, treatment

Swann Arp Adams, associate professor in the Arnold School of Public Health and the College of Nursing, researches cancer health disparities in African Americans. She is available to discuss her work on identifying gaps and promoting equity in cancer care for African American women diagnosed with breast cancer. 

News contact: Nicole Meares,, 803-777-9147

Tisha Felder
conducts research on preventing and treating breast cancer in African American and low-income women. With a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute, she is designing a program to improve breast cancer survivors’ experience with hormone therapy. She recently was awarded a grant to lead a study that will evaluate breastfeeding education and support for pregnant African American women. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of developing aggressive breast cancer in women, yet African American women are less likely to breastfeed. Felder is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and the Arnold School of Public Health (Cancer Prevention and Control Program). She can discuss health disparities, access to cancer care and cancer survivorship, breast health and African American health.

News contact: Nicole Meares,, 803-777-9147.

Ana Lopez-DeFede
is a social work professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina. She is a health policy and health services researcher focused on increasing access to care, decreasing health care costs and improving health outcomes. She is available to discuss health policies, Medicaid and health equity, as they relate to breast cancer. 

News contact: Victoria Montgomery,, 803-777-9462. 

Jewel Scott
, an assistant nursing professor, studies the impacts that health considerations have on young Black women. Her research focuses on pregnancy complications, chronic stress and depressive symptoms. She can discuss preventative care for reproductive-age women, social determinants of health in SC and health equity for female minority populations. 

News contact: Nicole Meares,, 803-777-9147. 


Breast cancer rehabilitation

Shana Harrington, physical therapy program director and researcher in the Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Exercise Science, conducts research on impairments in upper body range of motion, strength and function in women diagnosed with breast cancer. These problems may be caused by the cancer itself or treatments related to breast cancer such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Harrington can discuss ways to help prevent or minimize these impairments and how to create rehabilitation protocols that may improve function and quality of life. 

News contact: Erin Bluvas,, 843-302-1681.


Why it matters

  • Each year in the United States, about 240,000 women get breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease.
  • Breast cancer accounts for about 30% of all new cancer cases in women each year in the United States.
  • Approximately 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States for Black and Hispanic women.
  • Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women and men.