Epidemiology Seminar Zoom Meeting: Lauren C. Houghton, Ph.D.
April 3, 2020
10:00 am-11:00 am
Misgendered Hormones: How androgens increase breast cancer risk.
Sex hormones play a significant role in breast cancer etiology, yet research focuses on estrogens, typically thought of as a “female” hormones. However, androgens, also known as “male” hormones, are also implicated in risk. This talk will review the association of androgens with breast cancer risk and then will zoom in on puberty as a critical time when the breast is first exposed to androgens. Using mixed-methods, we will explore modifiable risk factors associated with elevated androgens and discuss how androgens may be a biocultural marker of risk that can be implemented into current risk assessment strategies.