Long Beach Breast
Cancer Coalition
P.O. Box 844
Long Beach, NY 11561

Phone: (516) 897-1344


Affiliated with Long Beach Medical Center -Winter 2004

The Sister Study - www.sisterstudy.com


Do you have a sister that had breast cancer? If you do, then you can join the Sister Study, a long-term study in the United States funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for women aged 35 to 74 who have a sister with breast cancer.
The Sister Study will investigate the influence of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors on the risk for breast cancer and other diseases in sisters of women with breast cancer. The Sister Study is one of the first long-term follow-up studies looking to understand how women's genes and their environment can cause breast cancer. Over the next 3 years, 50,000 women who live in the US who have at least 1 sister with breast cancer, but have not had breast cancer themselves are asked to join the study.
Women in the study will provide a blood sample, toenail clippings, and a dust sample, and will be weighed, measured, and asked fill out several questionnaires. Each year the women will be asked to provide current health information. Researchers will be able to compare this information between women who do and do not get breast cancer to learn more about the causes of breast cancer. Because sisters share certain genes and risk factors, sisters of women with breast cancer have a greater risk of getting the disease themselves. The study results have the possibility of helping many other women.

For more information, or to volunteer for The Sister Study, call 1-877-4SISTER (474-7837) or visit the website: www.sisterstudy.com




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