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Breast cancer: Studies under way to determine why Bay Area communities have high rates
The Mercury News

At 48, Albany resident Marie Loverde has never had breast cancer. Neither has her 86-year-old mother, Margaret. Yet the women have joined 15,000 other families in a decades-long study to solve a troubling medical mystery: why big swaths of the Bay Area have abnormally high rates of invasive breast cancer. “I have a daughter and she’s only 9, so it’s an issue for me personally,” Marie Loverde said. “I wish there was something more definitive so we could say, ‘OK, avoid this entirely.’”