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Leona Bessonova, M.S. presentation at ASPO

Leona Bessonova, M.S. – Ph.D. Student,  Department of Epidemiology
Leona Bessonova, MS, PhD student, Department of Epidemiology

American Society of Preventive Oncology invites UC Irvine epidemiologist and doctoral student to present research findings at their 35th annual meeting

Doctoral student Leona Bessonova, MS, was invited by the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) to present her research findings on the risk of a second breast cancer associated with hormone receptors while at ASPO's 35th annual meeting held in Las Vegas, Nev.

Invitations are highly competitive and intended to spotlight exceptional graduate student researchers.

The ASPO's mission is to promote the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to cancer prevention and control.


One of ASPO's roles is to identify promising young scientists and stimulate them to conduct important research into new areas in cancer prevention and control. Invitations to present are extended to a select few graduate students with the intent to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research across the nation.

These invitations also give students the opportunity to practice their communication skills with other scientists in the discipline.

Research presented was entitled, "Risk of a Second Breast Cancer Associated with Hormone-Receptor and HER2/neu Status of the First Breast Cancer,"  by authors Bessonova L, Taylor TH, Mehta RS, Zell JA, Anton-Culver H, 2011.

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