UCSD is taking the lead in launching one of the nation's largest studies on breast cancer.
The Moores Cancer Center says the aim is to identify the cause of tumors in the breast and discover new therapies to fight the disease.
The study will ask all women who receive breast cancer care at UCSD, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Francisco and UC Davis to join the Athena Breast Health Network. Researchers will then study their blood and tumor biopsy samples.
As many as 150,000 women are expected to participate over the course of the next several decades