Army of Women -- Current Breast Cancer Studies

** Updated: August 1, 2013**

Every once in a while, I will be posting a few of the breast cancer studies currently being conducted by researchers in partnership with Army of Women. If you read the criteria and see that you are match, please consider taking part in that study. You will be playing a major part in helping scientists move closer to understanding breast cancer in  women and finding a cure.
Thank you!

Current Studies:
Where?: Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY
African American and Caucasian women who are postmenopausal, between ages 45 and 75 and have never had any type of cancer are needed to participate in this study.Researchers are investigating how eating flaxseed affects a woman’s normal intestinal bacteria, genes, and hormone levels. They are also looking at whether the effect differs between African-American and Caucasian women (More about the study, here).

Where?: Philadelphia, PA; Rochester, MN; Dallas, TX
Because pregnancy and breastfeeding appear to reduce breast cancer risk in women, including those with a BRCA1 or 2 mutation, researchers are interested in seeing if giving hormones that mimic pregnancy can change these high risk women’s breast tissue in ways that appear to reduce their risk. (To see the requirements for participation in this research and to read more, click here.)

Where?: University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Tyler, Texas
The research team is studying nipple aspirate fluid and blood to determine if inflammation biomarkers are: 1. higher in breast fluid than in the circulating blood; 2. higher in obese and overweight women compared with normal weight women; and 3. more variable through the menstrual cycle of premenopausal women compared to postmenopausal women. (To read more about this, click here)

Where?: Boston, MA; Seattle, WA; Philadelphia, PA
Women ages 40 to 62 who have not had breast cancer and have bothersome hot flashes or night sweats are needed to take part in a research study. The study is testing two medicines that may help women who have menopause-related hot flashes. Researchers in Boston, Seattle, and Philadelphia are running the study. It is one of three clinical trials currently being conducted as part of the Menopausal Strategies – Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health (MsFLASH) study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (Read more about this study here).

 Latina Breast Cancer Survivors
Where?: Anywhere in the U.S. 
 Among Latinas, breast cancer is the most common diagnosis of cancer. However, little research has been dedicated to investigating Latinas’ experiences with breast cancer and more studies are needed to understand factors that contribute to Latinas’ quality of life following treatment.
The Latina Breast Cancer Initiative hopes to better understand women’s experiences with breast cancer in order to find the best ways in which health care providers can work to improve Latinas’ experiences through cancer and their quality of life following treatment for breast cancer.
If you’ve had surgery for breast cancer and were diagnosed within the past 12 months please read about this study and consider signing up. And whether or not it’s right for you, please pass it along to any friend who you think might want to take part. (Read more about this study here)

A New Way to Predict Breast Cancer Risk?
Where?: Anywhere in the U.S. 
We need women anywhere in the United States who had a benign breast biopsy after January 2000 and have NOT been diagnosed with breast cancer. Some women who have had a benign breast biopsy are at higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who have not had a benign breast biopsy. However, there is currently no way to determine which women who have had a benign breast biopsy will actually go on to develop the disease. (Read more about this study here)

Why Do Young Women Get Breast Cancer? 
Where?: USA & Canada
Why do young women get breast cancer? And why are they more likely than older women to get an aggressive form of the disease? Might genetics play a role? That’s what a research team at the Washington University School of Medicine is trying to find out. If we can find out WHY some women might be more susceptible to getting breast cancer early, it could help women and doctors learn how to prevent it. 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.(Read more about this study here)

Breast Cancer Survivors: Uterine Cancer Risk and You (An Online Survey)
Where?: Anywhere in the U.S.
We need women in the United States who have been diagnosed with breast cancer of any stage (including LCIS and DCIS) to take part in an on-line survey developed by researchers who are trying to identify individual characteristics that may put some breast cancer survivors at higher risk of developing uterine cancer.
Studies have shown that the drug tamoxifen, which is used to treat women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer, can increase a woman’s risk of developing uterine cancer. These researchers want to identify certain personal characteristics that might influence whether or not a woman taking tamoxifen goes on to develop uterine cancer. It is NOT necessary to have taken tamoxifen to complete this survey. (Read more about this study here)

**Last updated: August 1, 2013**
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