A unique breast tissue bank in Indiana has proposed to spread awareness regarding breast cancer in order to combat the deadly disease, which affects several thousands of women each year.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center has declared that during the next summer, they will be heading towards Kenya in order to collect samples and at the same time, to improve the conditions of research for the disease.
Co-founder of the bank, Dr. Anna Maria Storniolo, asserted that the bank, which is sustained by previous year's Super Bowl initiative, will be laying its emphasis on certain specific populations.
During the Super Bowl's initiative, as many as 1,000 women were reported to have participated and donated tissue in the bank. The bank aimed at raising awareness regarding the disease. Before the initiative, the bank was successful in preserving 500 samples in a year.
However, at present, the bank is house to several thousand tissue samples that have been donated by an estimated 2,883 women and also runs a blood bank, which stores blood donated by 8,200 women.
Storniolo said, "But the bank wants to increase samples from African-American, Asian and Hispanic donors as well as Native Americans. We are going to be doing more and more targeted collections".
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