If you have a sister who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the government wants to talk to you. The National Institutes of Health is in search of 50,000 sisters of breast cancer patients.
These women will participate as part of a huge study that will look at genetic and environmental factors that may cause the disease. To be eligible, women must have a sister with the disease between the ages of 35 and 74, and the sister must be cancer free.
If you'd like to volunteer for the sister study, you can ( click here ). Or, if you prefer to get information by phone, you can call 1-877-474-7837.
Researchers are especially encouraging African American, Latina, Native American, Asian women, and women over age 60 to join the study. Volunteers will be asked to complete several questionnaires, provide samples of blood, urine, toenails, and household dust.
Researchers will focus on genes and household exposures for the study which will follow volunteers for 10 years.