If you are a breastfeeding woman who has had a breast biopsy or is scheduled to have a breast biopsy and you live in America this study is for you. You don’t have leave your house to participate and everything you need is shipped directly to you.
If this study isn’t the right fit for you, please pass it on to a friend or family member – the more people who see this call-to-action, the better the chances are that we will reach the woman who is a match!
What’s the study about?
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are studying the breast cells normally found in breast milk to see if there are any differences in the DNA of women whose biopsies turn out to be healthy and those whose biopsies show a problem, such as cancer.
Learning more about these genetic differences may eventually help researchers develop a way to provide women with information about their breast cancer risk.
Two hundred women are needed to participate in this study.
If you choose to join this study, you will be sent a milk collection container, informed consent form, and questionnaire.
After completing the consent form and questionnaire, you will donate about 2.5 ounces of fresh breast milk from each breast.
You will then ship the consent form, questionnaire, and breast milk back to the researcher in a pre-paid shipping box that will be picked up by Fed-Ex.
You will also 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 can participate?
You can join the Milk Study if the description below fits you:
•You are a nursing/breastfeeding mom
• You have either had a breast biopsy at any time in the past or are scheduled to have a breast biopsy to diagnose a lump found in your breast
The research may ask additional questions to be sure this study is the right fit for you.
Who is conducting the study?
Kathleen Arcaro, PhD, Douglas Anderton, PhD, and Sarah Lenington PhD, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
Anywhere in the United States
This is the link to sign up: