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Obesity found to be major risk factor in developing basal-like breast cancer

In a study published online by the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, a team from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center outlined, in a mouse model, the biological mechanisms where obesity can create a favorable environment for the growth of basal-like breast cancer tumors.

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