Diagnosed with Breast Cancer At Age 40 or Under? Let's Find Out Why!

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.

Army of Women needs women ANYWHERE in the United States or Canada who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at age 40 or younger to participate in this exciting study. We have recruited for this study in the past but the research team needs even more women to sign up.                                                                                      

If this study isn’t a right fit for you, please pass this announcement along to friends, family members, and any women you know who have been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 or younger. The research team needs to enroll thousands of women, and by passing this Call to Action along you will be spreading the word about a study that could help us learn why young women get breast cancer.

 

What’s the study about?

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. Women are eligible regardless of how old they are now.

What’s involved?

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 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.

Who is conducting the study?

Paul Goodfellow, PhD, The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio and
Jennifer Ivanovich, M.S., Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri

Where?

Anywhere in the United States and Canada; all participation is handled through the mail and FedEx.

Who can participate?

You can join the Breast Cancer Risk and 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. Please note, women with DCIS are unfortunately not eligible.

• You live in the United States or Canada.

After you RSVP, the research team will ask additional questions to be sure that the study is a good fit for you.

Email: studies@armyofwomen.org or call 310-828-0060

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