GE Challenge Winner to Study Breast Cander in Uganda with $100K Prize

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Thanks to a $100,000 GE research award, Seattle radiologist Constance Lehman is taking her practice overseas.

Lehman was selected as one of five winners of the international GE Healthymagination Cancer Challenge,”, which rewards innovative breast cancer research methods with seed money.

Lehman’s proposal centers on the use of portable ultrasound to examine the emergence of triple-negative breast cancer among women in rural Uganda. She will work to raise awareness of early detection methods for breast cancer while training local providers in ultrasound detection and diagnosis.

“In developing countries, breast cancer is detected much later than in countries with established screening programs,”
Lehman said in a statement
. “At this time, most women diagnosed with breast cancer in Uganda do not survive.”

Lehman will conduct her project in partnership with the Uganda Cancer Institute/Fred Hutchinson Center Cancer Alliance.