Published October 4, 2013 By the Foundation

Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides us with another opportunity to be a part of meaningful research which may ultimately identify causes of this disease. In every month, not just October, spread the word about the Army of Women to the women that you know. Perhaps there is a study for you or for someone else that you know.

HERE are a few innovative projects looking for participants just like you:

How Does Working the Night Shift Increase Breast Cancer Risk?

We need tissue samples from night shift working women between 30-54 years old who have NOT had breast cancer who can travel to Fountain Valley, CA for a breast tissue sample collection event on November 2, 2013. The research team is studying breast tissue samples from women who have not had breast cancer, who have worked night shifts (anytime between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.) for at least five consecutive years to better understand whether wake/sleep cycle disruptions may increase breast cancer risk. Later, the researchers will compare the samples collected from women who have not had breast cancer to breast tissue samples collected from women with breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women

We need women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer (stage I, II, III, or IV) who were 40 years old or younger (You are eligible regardless of how old you are now.) The purpose of the study is to learn what genetic factors may play a role in the development of breast cancer in young women.

Acupuncture for Joint Symptoms in Women with Early Stage Breast Cancer

We need postmenopausal women with stage I, II, or III breast cancer with no evidence of metastatic disease who are currently taking and plan to continue to take hormone therapy. The purpose of this study is to test whether 12-weeks of acupuncture can help reduce joint pain or stiffness caused by hormonal therapy for breast cancer.    

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