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Neighborhood deprivation and DNA methylation and expression of cancer genes in breast tumors

JAMA Network Open

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About The Study: In this study of 185 women with breast cancer, high neighborhood deprivation was associated with differences in tissue DNA methylation and gene expression among Black women. These findings suggest that continued investment in public health interventions and policy changes at the neighborhood level may help to remedy biological alterations that could make minoritized populations more susceptible to chronic diseases. 

Authors: Stefan Ambs, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, is the corresponding author. 

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