Sisters Study-50,000 Sisters Needed

Researchers trying to find environmental causes of breast cancer--diet, exercise, exposure to chemicals or other factors--will start recruiting 50,000 sisters on Saturday, October 12, 2002 for study.

They hope to sign up 50,000 women nationally, aged 35 to 74, whose sisters have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sisters of women with breast cancer have up to twice the breast cancer risk of other women. A few genetic mutations are associated with breast cancer risk, but they account for fewer than 10% of cases.

The researchers hope to find other factors, including previously undiscovered gene mutations, different diets or perhaps chemicals.

Volunteers will also be sought at other such events, which are annual races to help raise money for breast cancer research, said the National Institutes of Health, which is funding the study.

"Breast cancer advocates, in fact, will be the backbone of the study," Dale Sandler, acting chief of the epidemiology branch of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, who is helping lead the study, said in a statement.

More information is available on the Internet at

Ann's NOTE: 10/04 Now recruiting nationwide. Contact them to find out more.

Sister Study

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Estudio Hermanas

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