Thailand is a rapidly developing country and previous work by our group showed that breast cancer has significantly increased since 1990 and will continue to do so. The population of southern Thailand has both Buddhist Thai and Muslim Thai, with distinct risk factors for breast cancer. Our preliminary data suggests that although Muslim women have a lower incidence of breast cancer, they develop significantly more triple-negative breast cancers compared to their Buddhist counterparts, and Muslim women tend to have poorer survival. The main objective of this proposal is to determine the association between social, epidemiologic and environmental risk factors and clinical subtypes of breast cancer in southern Thailand and determine the distribution of these risk factors and clinical subtypes of breast cancer by ethnicity. We will pilot test a lifestyle and environmental questionnaire in southern Thailand and identify tumor subtypes through IHC of relevant markers in the tumors.
Poster presentation at the annual meeting for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), October 2018