Breast Imaging Study for Those w/Genetic Risk

The National Cancer Institute is conducting a study to examine several new imaging techniques for the early detection of breast cancer in women who are at high genetic risk.

Note that NCI is recruiting participants only from the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area, since women who participate will be seen regularly at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Advocate groups with members in the local DC area are encouraged to inform their networks about this study.

Women who think they may be eligible participants for the study can contact the recruitment nurse, Ms. Stephanie Steinbart, at 1-800-518-8474.

The study is recruiting women ages 25 to 56, who have undergone genetic testing, and who know they have genetic mutations in the breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2.

Women carrying alterations in these genes are three to seven times more likely to develop breast cancer, often before the age of 50, compared to women without alterations.

Through this study, researchers hope to learn more about cancer detection, particularly among younger women in whom mammography is less effective in finding early cancers.

For more information about the study, visit http://breastimaging.cancer.gov.

To request brochures or promotional materials, please contact Rhonda DeJoice at (301) 594-9002 or e-mail at dejoicer@mail.nih.gov.

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