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Cincinnati Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program

Cincinnati Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program

Cincinnati Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) is a joint effort of researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati, local breast cancer support and service organizations, and local breast cancer survivors and advocates.

Cincinnati is one of three BCERPs throughout the United States funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  Cincinnati BCERP receives additional support from local organizations. 

The goals of Cincinnati BCERP include:  

  • Researching the relationship between the age of breast development and the onset of menarche, the first menstrual cycle
  • Researching the impact of environmental factors on puberty through epidemiological studies 
  • Researching the relationship between biochemical processes associated with obesity and cancer susceptibility
  • Educating breast cancer advocates, study participants, the public and policy makers about the research findings and their implications for personal health and public health policies

Community Education and Outreach

Community Education.
Cincinnati BCERP collaborates with partners from the scientific field and the community. Want to add your voice? Consider how you can become involved in Cincinnati BCERP. Learn More

Growing Up Female Project

Growing Up Female Project.
The Growing Up Female project studies the biological and environmental factors that affect early puberty and the relationship between earlier puberty and the risk of developing breast cancer. Learn More

In the News

Frank Biro, MD, is quoted in a 2012 New York Times article on research into the growing trend of girls entering puberty at a younger age and the possible health consequences of this later in life.