You may not have heard of the Army of Women, but they're doing important work in the fight against breast cancer--with a twist. It's part of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, which is dedicated to finding ways to prevent--not just treat--breast cancer. Here's a list of their current research projects. The Army of Women provides grants to researchers doing work in this area, and right now they need volunteers living in the Boston area who have never had breast cancer. Researchers at Tufts University are trying to understand why giving birth before age 25 and having several kids seems to protect against this common cancer. Here's what's required:
If you are eligible and agree to participate in the Pregnancy and Breast Cancer Risk Study, you will be contacted by phone and asked questions about your pregnancy, medical, and smoking history to confirm your eligibility. If you are eligible for the study, the researchers will ask you to give them permission to request your medical records from your doctor. You will also be asked to meet with the researchers one time at Tufts University School of Medicine in downtown Boston. During this appointment a breast surgeon will perform 4-6 core breast biopsies, removing cells from your breast with a needle under local anesthesia. This is an outpatient procedure and usually takes approximately 20 minutes.
The researchers need to enroll 85 women in this study.
If you're interested, register at the Army of Women and see if you're qualified to participate in this or another of their studies.