The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces a new “study for women who are at risk of developing breast cancer.” Researchers at NIH, located in Bethesda, Maryland, are studying breast duct cells to determine what early changes occur in these cells when they evolve to become breast cancer. The collection and study of these cells will allow researchers to better understand how breast cancer develops by enhancing the process for determining risk with the goal of preventing cancer. To qualify for the NIH study, you need to meet one of the following criteria: 1. Your physician has told you that you are at an increased risk for developing breast cancer. 2. A history of breast cancer in one breast 3. Have had ductal carcinoma-in-situ or lobular carcinoma in situ 4. A breast biopsy that showed atypical hyperplasia or abnormal cells 5. Have a Gail index for increased risk for breast cancer 6. Have a close family member with a history of breast cancer (mother, sister, aunt) Participation in the study will include:
  • 1 screening phone call
  • Review of your medical records by the study team
  • A 1-hour, outpatient screening visit
  • Routine blood work
  • A 3 to 4 hour outpatient procedure to collect cells from the breast ducts
  • Analysis of the cells for changes in their structure, DNA, and gene expression
  • All study-related procedures are provided at no cost
  • Compensation for participation
For information on this study contact the Office of Patient Recruitment for additional information at 1-866-444-1132 or go online at, and look for study 02-C-0077
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