Looking for a meaningful way to fight breast cancer this October?

October 14, 2014

Breast Cancer Studies

There are many great ways, from raising money to raising awareness. One often overlooked way is to participate in breast cancer research.  By becoming a study participant you contribute to the understanding of the breast cancer, paving the way for important strategies for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Think you can't participate because you've never had breast cancer?  Think again!  Here are ten studies seeking participants, including five which do not require a breast cancer diagnosis.

Studies that do not require a history of breast cancer for participation:

The HOW (Health of Women) study needs you!  HOW is a first-of-its-kind international online study for women and men with and without a history of breast cancer, sponsored by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.  HOW will track hundreds of thousands of women (and men) over time to learn what causes breast cancer, and how to prevent it. 

Breastfeeding?  The University of Massachusetts Breastmilk Lab needs breastmilk donations for its breast cancer research.  If you are African American, OR have had a biopsy, OR have had breast cancer, you may be eligible to donate a breastmilk sample.  See the lab's website for more information.

Live in California and a member of Kaiser?  You may be eligible to participate in the Health Through Understanding of Genetics and the Environment HUGE) study - one of the largest research projects in the United States to examine the genetic and environmental factors that influence common diseases, including cancer.   

BRCA1 and BRCA2 positive?  This study seeks to understand the experience of individuals who are at risk or have tested positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. Both men and women may participate in this study.

South Asian, between 55 and 69 years old, living near San Francisco and have not had breast cancer?  The Asian American Community Health Initiative has found nearly all of the participants for their breast cancer study, but are still seeking South Asian women between the ages of 55 and 69, living near San Francisco, who have never had breast cancer.

Studies seeking women who have or have had breast cancer:

African American?  The Jewels in Our Genes study is seeking premenopausal African-American women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and their relatives who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Relatives who have never been diagnosed with breast cancer may also participate.

In treatment for breast cancer or survivorship?  An online study from Duquesne University School of Nursing is seeking women diagnosed with breast cancer whether in active treatment or in survivorship.  This study is designed to learn more about uncertainty, perceived threat, stress, positive appraisal, and daily spiritual experiences in women with breast cancer or with a history of breast cancer.


Diagnosed with breast cancer at or before age 40?  This study at the Siteman Cancer Center (an NIH Comprehensive Cancer Center) seeks women The goal of the study is to identify genetic factors that distinguish breast cancer in young women. 

Diagnosed with breast cancer between ages 19 and 45?  A study at the University of Colorado seeks women who were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer between the ages of 19 and 45 to learn more about their experiences.  This information will be used to design support groups and screening methods that may make adjusting to a diagnosis of breast cancer less difficult for young women.


Have or had breast cancer and are feeling sad or depressed?  This Columbia University study aims to determine which type of talk therapy is most effective treatment for depression in women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Unable to participate in any of these studies?  Sign up for the Love/Avon Army of Women to receive updates about new breast cancer studies seeking participants.

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