About the Study

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women younger than 50 years of age.

Though we have some understanding of why some women develop breast cancer and others do not, we have a lot more to learn about breast cancer prevention. The goal of the Young Women’s Health History Study is to find ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer in young women.

Our recruitment teams will contact women in Metropolitan Detroit, MI and Los Angeles County, CA to enroll 4,000 women. These participants will give us a fuller picture of women’s lives. Participants will be asked to provide information about their health and lifestyles over time to help us identify risk factors for breast cancer.

The study team includes researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, University of Southern California, Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute and Westat, a research firm.

An advisory committee including breast cancer advocates, as well as scientific advisors from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and Boston University are also guiding the study.

This collaborative study is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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