ONLINE: Epidemiology Seminar Series: Lauren Houghton, PhD

Lauren Houghton

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 10:00am

Location: ONLINE

Join us online as the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology welcomes Dr. Lauren Houhgton from the Columbia University Department of Epidemiology. Houghton will deliver a virtual lecture titled "Misgendered Hormones: How androgens increase breast cancer risk" on Friday, April 3, beginning at 10:00 AM via Zoom.

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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.