The month of March was marked by several successes for the Army of Women (AOW), paving the way for further progress towards our goal.
The first of these great success stories is the Bacterial and Viral Diversity Study. Researchers at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the John Wayne Cancer Institute are interested in learning whether bacteria or viruses are present in ductal fluid. While no one yet knows if a virus or bacteria might cause breast cancer, this exciting study is setting the stage for further studies by identifying all of the bacteria or viruses that are present in the fluid that is found inside a woman’s breast ducts. The research team was thrilled to enroll Army of Women members in the study. Thanks to your support, they reached their recruitment goal in less than four months.
The Effects of Soy on Breast Tissue Study was the second study to reach its recruitment goal successfully in March with help from the Army of Women. Earlier studies have shown that eating soy reduces breast cancer risk but we don’t know why. Brought to the Army of Women by Anna Wu, PhD at University of Southern California, this study is looking into whether soy does reduce breast cancer risk by way of decreasing breast density. Dr. Wu and her research team are studying the effects of one year of soy supplementation on women with a family history of breast cancer (high-risk women) AND women who have been treated for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or invasive breast cancer. Their goal is to discover if soy can reduce breast density, or slow or reduce cell growth in the breast. When the research team came to the AOW, they needed to enroll 65 more women to reach their accrual goal. YOU helped answer the call, providing them with 147 women interested in signing up for the study.
Our third success story comes from another recruitment effort launched with Dr. Wu – the Effects of Birth Control Pills on Breast Tissue Study. Previous studies have shown that the hormones found in many birth control pills can increase breast cell growth. The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the changes that may occur in the breast when women use oral contraceptives (birth control pills) that contain different levels of the hormones estrogen and progestin. The research team is studying how three different oral contraceptives that contain different levels of the hormones estrogen and progestin affect breast tissue. When the research team came to the AOW, they needed to enroll 74 more women to reach their accrual goal. Once again the AOW took action, providing them with 120 women willing to participate.
“We are very thankful to have been able to complete our recruitment with the support of AOW!”
- Dr. Anna Wu
University of Southern California