Calling all young breast cancer survivors! It’s Army of Women Wednesday and time to tell you about a study which needs 5,000 of you very special survivors. I’ve met so many impressive young survivors during my cancer journey – both personally and via social media. Your activism and passion are truly inspirational. I hope you will consider joining this study as just one more way you can continue the fight to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime.
Project Title Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women Study
Researcher Paul Goodfellow, PhD
Study Summary The purpose of the study is to learn what genetic factors may play a role in the development of breast cancer in young women.
The researchers need to recruit 5,000 women who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer when they were 40 years old or younger for this study.
Who Can Participate? You can join the Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women Study if you match ALL of these MAIN categories:
• You were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer (stage I, II, III, or IV) when you were 40 years old or younger (You are eligible regardless of how old you are now.) There are no exclusions based on current stage of treatment, previous or current diagnosis or prior genetic testing.
• You live in the United States or Canada
What Does Participation Involve? If you choose to join the Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women Study, you will be asked to submit a blood sample, which can be drawn at your next doctor’s appointment. Your doctor will ship the sample directly to the researchers. You will be sent a kit that includes shipping materials, the materials needed to draw your blood, and all of the documentation your doctor needs to draw and ship your blood to the research staff. There will be no cost to you to participate in this study, and you will not have to handle or ship your own blood.
You will be asked to provide the researchers with information about your family history. You will also be asked to give them permission to obtain a copy of your cancer-related medical records.
Where? United States and Canada
You can easily join the Army of Women, if you haven’t already done so, by visiting its website. If you are already a member, you can go right to the study page to sign up. This is another study which doesn’t require you to live in a very limited area – so it’s a real opportunity for many of us to get involved. Well, not “us” because I don’t qualify, but I’m right behind you and waiting for my opportunity! Thanks so much for taking the time to consider this important contribution to moving from the “cure” to “eradication” of breast cancer. I’d love to hear what you think of the study and would be so excited to know that you signed up!
Survival > Existence,
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