Nearly 40-thousand women will die from breast cancer this year and another 213-thousand will be diagnosed with it.
Now, in the only study of its kind, doctors are asking sisters of breast cancer survivors and victims to step forward and help find a cause and a cure.
Sara and Denni have a way with words. Two words in particular have special meaning for these sisters: “breast cancer.”
Sara Williams was diagnosed with it 10 years ago.
Now Denni is taking part in the sister study. Researchers are looking for 50-thousand sisters of women who have survived or died from breast cancer.
The National Institute of Environmental Health and Sciences say that the sisters have twice the risk for breast cancer as other women.
The study is looking at genetic and environmental factors.
Women in the sister study will take part in a phone interview. They’ll need to provide blood and urine samples, nail clippings, and a sample of dust in their house.
The study will last 10 years but, some doctors feel, could hold the answers many women are looking for.
To be a part of the study, your sister, living or deceased, must be related to you by blood and had to have breast cancer.
You must be between 35 and 74 years old and cannot have ever been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Currently 12,000 more participants are needed.
If you are eligible to participate in the study please visit The Sister Study online by following the link below.