Kathleen Arcaro, PhD, Douglas Anderton, PhD, and Sarah Lenington PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
This study at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is analyzing epigenetic differences found in breast milk donated by women who have a breast biopsy that is either normal, abnormal, or shows signs of cancer. Learning more about these epigenetic differences may eventually help researchers develop a way to provide women with information about their breast cancer risk. The researchers originally wanted to enroll up to 250 volunteers from anywhere in the US. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women (AOW) members on Nov. 17, 2008. The research team expanded their study in 2011 to increase participant diversity, specifically recruiting racial/ethnic minorities. The researchers closed enrollment on Nov. 2, 2014. In total, the AOW provided them with a diverse group of 394 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.