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UNC: Rhoden Receives NCI Funding to Research Link Between Vitamin D, Breast Cancer

Can vitamin D influence the link between a group of unhealthy chemicals and breast cancer?

With new funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), doctoral student Ms. Joyce Rhodes will  investigate that exact question.

Ms. Rhodes is in her fourth year with the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. The F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award, which will deliver $111,126 over the next three years, will fund her dissertation work.

“The title of my dissertation is ‘Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Vitamin D and Breast Cancer,’” Rhodes says. “The project will explore the relationship between PAHs — chemicals released from activities like burning coal, trash and wood — and breast cancer incidence and survival. I also want to see if the association between PAHs and breast cancer changes with measured vitamin D levels and vitamin D related polymorphisms.”

The award will become active in January 2020.

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