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Project Title The Jewels in Our Genes Study

Researcher Heather Ochs-Balcom, PhD, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Study Summary The research team is studying why some African American families have multiple cases of breast cancer. This will help to better understand if there are undiscovered genes unique to African Americans that may predict early breast cancer risk.

Who Can Participate? You can join the Jewels in Our Genes study if you match ALL of these MAIN categories:

• You are a woman older than 18 years of age.

• You consider yourself to be Black/African American.

• You were diagnosed with breast cancer of any stage, including metastatic disease and DCIS. There is no time limit since diagnosis and it is OK if you are currently receiving treatment.

• You have EITHER:
a sister who has never been diagnosed with breast cancer who would also like to participate in the study,
OR:
at least one living female blood relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer of any stage (including metastatic disease and DCIS). The relative can be your mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, granddaughter, aunt, niece, or first cousin.

• You have tested negative for the BRCA 1 and 2 mutations (if known). If you do not know your status, you can still participate in the study.

• You live in the United States

After you RSVP, the researcher will ask you additional questions to be sure that this study is a right fit for you.

What Does Participation Involve? If you join the Jewels in Our Genes study you will be asked questions about your breast cancer diagnosis and about your family history of breast cancer. You will be asked to give a sample of saliva so that the researchers can collect your DNA. The questionnaire and saliva kit will be mailed to you and you will mail it back to the researchers, at no cost to you. The information you provide is confidential and will be kept private.

The researchers need to enroll up to 400 women (150 families) in this study.

Where? Anywhere in the United States, all necessary participation is handled through the mail