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I am a woman’s health and adult nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience. I also am a scientist who studies why some younger women are at greater risk of developing breast cancer, including more aggressive forms of the disease.

Many people are unfamiliar with the idea of nurses as researchers. Our common image of nurses is of the caretaker at the bedside. But nurse research can be traced at least as far back as Florence Nightingale, the mother of nursing, who measured illness and infection rates among wounded soldiers during the Crimean War in the 1850s. With results in hand, she then petitioned the British Government to improve health conditions, first for soldiers and…

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