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March 2013 - Studies You Can Join

March has already proven to be an exciting month for the Army of Women!  We successfully fulfilled and closed recruitment for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s Bacterial and Viral Diversity study.

Might a virus or bacteria also cause breast cancer? No one yet knows. This research study is setting the stage for future studies by identifying all of the bacteria and viruses that are present in the fluid that is found inside a woman’s breast ducts.  If you are interested in learning more about this innovative study, take a peek at this great interview with Dr. Love and Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Delphine Lee, from the John Wayne Cancer Institute.

This marks the 51st study closed by the Army of Women and we are eager to make this progress for more of our fantastic open research projects.  Here are just a few that need YOU this month:

Vitamin D3 Effects on Musculoskeletal Symptoms with Use of Aromatase Inhibitors (D3AI)

We need postmenopausal women in the Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota who are taking an aromatase inhibitor–Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole), or Aromasin (exemestane)–after initial treatment for early-stage breast cancer and who are experiencing muscle, joint or bone pain to participate in a research study evaluating the effects of vitamin D3 on these symptoms.

Learn more and Sign-up.

Breast Cancer Microbiota Study

We need women between the ages of 30 – 80 in the Chicago, IL, metropolitan area.  The purpose of this study is to find out what types of bacteria are found in the intestines and how these bacteria metabolize estrogen and other female hormones. The researchers are comparing the bacteria found in women who have never had breast cancer, women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer within the last 5 years, and women who have never had breast cancer but who have a first-degree relative WITH breast cancer.

Learn more and Sign-up.

Discovery of Early Markers of Breast Cancer (Phase 2)

We need women anywhere in the US who had a benign breast biopsy between January 1999 and December 2006 and have NOT gone on to develop breast cancer. A research team is investigating whether the amount of DNA damage seen in the cells in normal breast tissue may be an indicator of future breast cancer risk. They will compare these tissue samples to samples from women who did develop breast cancer after a benign biopsy, enabling them to look for markers in the breast cells that might be an indicator of breast cancer risk.

Learn more and Sign-up.

At-Home Support for Rural Women Using Group Video Calling

We need women living in rural California counties who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer within the past 5 years to participate in a research study evaluating an online support group that uses video calling.

Learn more and Sign-up.

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