The NIH is looking for sisters of women who’ve had breast cancer. Why? For one of the first long-term studies to look at how genes and environmental factors — homes, workplaces, and communities — affect women’s risk of breast cancer.
They’re enrolling 50,000 women. Such a large study will give more powerful results.
They’re studying women from various racial and ethnic groups. Women of color have historically been underrepresented in research and have different risk issues. For example, African American women have higher rates of death from breast cancer.
They’re studying women from different generations. By gathering information about jobs, geography and medical history, they can uncover about environmental factors and breast cancer risk over time.
If, like me, you Race for the Cure in honor of the women in your family – consider giving a bit more: give yourself. Participating by donating and advocacy is important, but partipating in scientific research is another. The progress of science depends on people participating in scientific research. So often, the people being asked to participate are patients or survivors. This is a great opportunity for us, the supporters, to give something truly valuable that can improve the lives of the generations to come. Thanks to Dr. Hsien Hsien Lei for drawing attention to the Sister Study and the importance of participation.