Friday, January 30, 2009

What’s New at the Love/Avon Army of Women?

Current Projects

The Milk Study: Using Breast Milk to Screen for Breast Cancer and Assess Breast-Cancer Risk

The purpose of this study is to determine if breast cancer and breast cancer risk can be accurately assessed from a breast milk sample. Currently, there is no accurate way to give women information about their personal risk of developing breast cancer. We will use the cells naturally present in breast milk to examine changes in DNA that occur in association with benign and cancerous breast lesions. Learning about the genetic changes associated with both breast cancer and non-cancerous breast lesions will help us develop a way to provide women with information about their breast cancer risk. Using breast milk to screen for breast cancer will reduce unnecessary biopsies among nursing women.

Who Can Participate?
You can join the Milk Study if you are:
• Your doctor is scheduling you for a BREAST BIOPSY because you have a lump in your breast

What Does Participation Involve?
You will be shipped a milk collection container, informed consent form, and questionnaire. You will be asked to complete the consent form and questionnaire and to donate about 2.5 ounces of fresh breast milk from each breast. You will put the consent form, questionnaire, and breast milk in a box that will be picked up by Fed-Ex. If a breast biopsy occurs, you will be asked to provide a copy of the biopsy report. Approximately 1 year after sending your breast milk sample, the researcher will contact you to ask about any breast problems you have had in the last year.

Who is Conducting the Study?
Kathleen Arcaro, PhD

Anywhere in the United States