Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Help the Army of Women

Here is a new study from the Army of Women….please help if you can.

 

The Effects of Depo Provera on Breast Tissue Study:

Women who give birth before the age of 30 are at lower risk of developing breast cancer than both women who have never had a child and women who have their first child after age 35. This may be because pregnancy causes permanent changes in the breast tissue that reduces long-term breast cancer risk.
Is it possible that giving a woman a high dose of progestin (synthetic progesterone like hormone) could reduce breast cancer risk by causing these same changes to occur in the breast tissue? This is what a group of researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) are trying to find out!
To test their hypothesis, the researchers are studying women who are currently receiving Depo Provera (birth control) injections which provide a high dose of a synthetic progestin that is similar to the hormone progesterone, which is released during pregnancy.
If you live near or are willing to travel to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and are currently receiving or intend to start intra-muscular injections of Depo Provera, and this sounds like a study you might be interested in, please click the link below for more information!  The researchers currently only need four more women in order to close this study.
Note: Deciding to use Depo Provera for birth control is a personal choice that should be made with your doctor. We are NOT recommending that you start taking or even inquire about taking Depo Provera simply to participate in this study.

For more information on the study, click here:

http://www.armyofwomen.org/current/view?grant_id=416

The Army of Women initiative, funded through a grant by the Avon Foundation for Women, was launched as a way to help researchers connect directly with women who are interested in participating in breast cancer research studies. Volunteers sign up at  www.armyofwomen.org and get an email alert every time a new study is seeking volunteers (once or twice a month). You get to decide which one you fit and/or are comfortable participating in. Some studies are as simple as an online questionnaire while others involve giving blood, spit or even tissue samples. And if you don't fit the study, you can pass it on to everyone you know. The Army of Women has amazed the scientific community by their ability to recruit participants from across the country and world, rapidly saving years of effort and lots of money. 

Join more than 355,000 women (and a few good men) who are willing to go the next step in eradicating breast cancer.  The Army of Women needs YOU!

To learn more about the Effects of Depo Provera on Breast Tissue Study, click here:

http://www.armyofwomen.org/current/view?grant_id=416

To learn more about the Army of Women and to sign up, click here:

https://www.armyofwomen.org/getinvolved

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