Thank you for your interest in the Shift Work and Breast Cancer Risk Study. We appreciate your support. If you meet all of the main requirements below for the study, we would be thrilled to have you sign up.
You can participate in the Shift Work and Breast Cancer Risk Study if you meet ALL of these criteria:
• You are a woman between 30-65 years old.
• You have never been diagnosed with breast cancer (including DCIS) (it is OK if you have a history of other cancers).
• You do not have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation (if known; if you do not know, you can still participate in the study) .
• At some point in your life, you have worked at least three night shifts per month for a period of at least 5 years in a row.
• You have never had a breast reduction or breast implants.
• You are NOT allergic to local anesthetics (numbing medicine).
• You are NOT receiving a therapeutic blood thinner (this does NOT include aspirin).
• You have NOT undergone a total abdominal hysterectomy (removal of the ovaries and uterus).
• You are NOT currently pregnant or were pregnant within the last 12 months.
• You are NOT currently lactating or have lactated within the last 12 months.
• You understand that if you are eligible and choose to join this study, you are agreeing to participate in both the Shift Work and Breast Cancer Risk Study AND the Komen Tissue Bank. Some of your tissue sample will be sent to Dr. Carla Finkielstein of Virginia Tech; Dr. Finkielstein is the principal investigator of the shift work study. The rest of the tissue will be stored at the Komen Tissue Bank.
• You understand that you will be asked to complete two consent forms: one for the Shift Work and Breast Cancer Risk Study and one for the Komen Tissue Bank.
• You understand that you will be asked to complete two questionnaires: one for the Shift Work and Breast Cancer Risk Study and one for the Komen Tissue Bank.
In order to sign up for the study, you first need to register with the Army of Women (unless you are already a member). The Love/Avon Army of Women, a groundbreaking online initiative of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, was launched in collaboration with the Avon Foundation for Women in October 2008 with the goal of recruiting one million women to participate in breast cancer research. The Army of Women connects a variety of breast cancer researchers with women who are willing to participate in a multitude of research studies looking into the causes of breast cancer and how to prevent it; therefore, we have multiple studies going on at once. All women over the age of 18 are encouraged to sign up, whether affected by breast cancer. We welcome you to be a part of our unique program and would love for you to register with the Army of Women so that you can sign up for this study and learn about other studies you might be interested in participating in.
Registering is quick and easy, and can be done by clicking on this link: https://www.armyofwomen.org/getinvolved. This link will take you to our registration page, which also provides information on the Army of Women and what it means to sign up. Once you join the Army of Women, you will be able to sign up for the study.
To sign up for the Shift Work and Breast Cancer Risk Study, please follow the instructions below:
1) Click on this link to access the study’s webpage: http://www.armyofwomen.org/current/view?grant_id=335
2) Carefully read the study criteria
3) If you meet all of the criteria listed, click the link “Yes, Sign Me Up”
4) Log-in using your e-mail address and the password you created when you signed up for the Army of Women
5) Confirm you meet the research criteria. If you meet ALL the criteria listed on the page, please check ALL boxes, and then click submit (if you don’t check ALL boxes, the system won’t recognize you as a match).
6) Once you click submit, you will receive notification letting you know if you are initially at this stage a “match.”
7) The research team will get in touch with you shortly after that with further instructions and more qualifying questions.
8) You will be directed from there on further information and timeline.