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Sisters, There’s Something You Can Do!

Posted Nov 19 2009 10:02pm

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.

The Sister Study is exciting for a number of reasons:

  • 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.

Read Sister Stories from study participants
See if you are eligible to enroll in the study

Technorati Tags: breast cancer, BRCA testing, DNA testing, genes, genetics, sisters, clinical trials

This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 at 10:32 am and is filed under Breast Cancer, Family Health & Heredity, Genes & Environment. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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