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Archive: Tissue donations offer UW Breast Center scientists valuable link to research that benefits patients

When genetic testing showed Christina Klawitter carried the BRCA 1 gene mutation, she had some difficult decisions to make in regard to her future health — a BRCA 1 carrier has a 50 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer and an 80 percent chance of developing breast cancer. But one decision that was clear to her was her choice to donate tissue to the UW Health Breast Center, which would allow scientists to conduct research that would help other women.

Klawitter’s story, along with details of some of the work researchers at the UW Health Breast Center are conducting with donated tissue, is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Quarterly, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s magazine for alumni, friends, faculty and students. The article highlights Dr. Lee Wilke, associate professor with the Department of Surgery and director of the UW Health Breast Center, and Dr. Samuel Poore, associate professor with the Department of Surgery in the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Division. The online health news website also picked up the article.