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Cancer Warriors Wednesday - It's My Turn!!!

(Note: Sometimes, when I wake up in the morning and hit the ground running, I get confused about what day it is. That's what happened yesterday, when I posted my "The Survivor's Nest" post on Wednesday. I had a big laugh at myself when I finally realized my mistake. So, today, it's Cancer Warriors Wednesday - on Thursday!)

I am so happy to announce that I am today's cancer warrior! All I had to do to qualify was sign up with the Army of Women and sit back and wait for news of a study which needed me. Just the other day, I received a simple e-mail. I read it, registered, took the survey and contributed to the research necessary to bring about prevention and cure of my disease. All it took was 15 minutes of my time and it felt great!!!

Below is the email I received with all of the information. I was a shoe-in because the only requirements were being over 18, a diagnosis of any type of cancer (including DCIS and LCIS) at any time in your life, access to the Internet and residence in the United States. (I bet many of you would qualify for this study as well. Hint. Hint.)

Please read through the email and, if you qualify, hit the link to be taken to the registration page. The study needs 50,000 women to participate. Now it needs one less because of me. Will you join me?

 

In-line survey for breast survivors

Dear Deborah,

We need women in the United States who have been diagnosed with breast cancer of any stage (including LCIS and DCIS) to take part in an on-line survey developed by researchers who are trying to identify individual characteristics that may put some breast cancer survivors at higher risk of developing uterine cancer.

Studies have shown that the drug tamoxifen, which is used to treat women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer, can increase a woman's risk of developing uterine cancer. These researchers want to identify certain personal characteristics that might influence whether or not a woman taking tamoxifen goes on to develop uterine cancer. It is NOT necessary to have taken tamoxifen to complete this survey.

Please read on to learn more about what's involved and who can participate. And please don't forget to tell any of your friends or family who are breast cancer survivors about this on-line study!

What's the study about?

The research team wants to develop a tool that can determine whether a woman with breast cancer is at higher risk of going on to develop uterine cancer. Women will be separated into two groups: 1. those who developed uterine cancer after being diagnosed with breast cancer and 2. those who did not develop uterine cancer after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Comparing the two groups will allow the research team to investigate the specific individual characteristics that are associated with developing uterine cancer after being diagnosed with breast cancer. If you were diagnosed with uterine cancer before you were diagnosed with breast cancer, you can still participate in the survey.

What's involved?

If you sign up for the Breast Cancer, Uterine Cancer, and YOU Study, you will be sent a link to an on-line survey. The survey is confidential. This means that you will be asked to provide basic demographic information (such as age and ethnicity), but that you will NOT be asked for any identifying information (such as your name or e-mail address). The survey will ask questions about your smoking and exercise history, breast cancer diagnosis and treatment history, reproductive health and menstrual history, and personal and family medical history, including whether or not you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Who is conducting the study?

Michael Milam, MD, MPH, at the University of Louisville Brown Cancer Center, in Kentucky

Where?

Anywhere in the United States – this is an on-line study

Who can participate?

You can join the Breast Cancer, Uterine Cancer, and YOU Study if you match ALL of these MAIN categories:

• You are a woman over the age of 18
• You have been diagnosed with breast cancer of any stage (including LCIS and DCIS) at some point in your life
• You have access to the Internet and are willing to complete an on-line survey
• You live in the United States

If you qualify for this study, please follow the link to register today. I can't tell you how excited I am to finally be able to contribute to the research necessary to further prevention and cure of this disease.

If you want to do more than be "aware" of breast cancer, join the Army of Women today and register for this study (or any other study for which you qualify.) You will be so glad you did, I guarantee it! If you want to really make my day, leave me a comment to let me know that you've joined the cause!

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Comments

Renn's picture

I posted about AOW yesterday after receiving an email too. Great minds! So easy to participate in these surveys and they really do so much good!

Debbie's picture

Renn:

How could we not participate? It's so easy and so fulfilling. It's a win-win! Have a great day!!

Survival > Existence,

Debbie

 

Cara's picture

Thanks for sharing this. I have been with Army of Women for quite a while but somehow missed this one. Feels good to pay it forward, doesn't it?

Debbie's picture

Cara:

That's exactly why I do it. Giving back is a big part of my healing. And it feels great!

Survival > Existence,

Debbie

 

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