The Women's Circle of Health Study
Last Updated: October 2012
The Women's Circle of Health Study aims to evaluate factors explaining the earlier age at diagnosis and the more aggressive nature of breast cancer in African-American women, compared to Caucasian women. The study is a collaboration of several institutions, including The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Public Health, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
In New Jersey, participants are being recruited in nine counties (Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Monmouth, and Union). The study initially recruited African American and Caucasian women.
We are now recruiting only African American women newly diagnosed with breast cancer (within nine months) and African American women without a history of cancer. Women with breast cancer are identified through the New Jersey State Cancer Registry. Women without cancer are recruited through the community with the help of our community advocates.
Please see our flyer on the right and feel free to download it if you want to post or distribute in your community.
Flyer ( PDF version )
What does the study involve?
The interview takes about two hours and includes:
In appreciation for donating their time to this important study, women completing all study materials are provided with a $50 gift certificate.
Christine B. Ambrosone, Ph.D., (Roswell Park Cancer Institute)
Elisa V. Bandera, M.D., Ph.D. (The Cancer Institute of New Jersey)
The Women's Circle of Health Study Team at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey:
Tara DeSiano, Karen Pawlish, Rudmila Chowdhury, Kiameesha Evans, Thanusha Puvananayagam, Edie Prescod,
Elisa Bandera. November 2011
|The Women's Circle of Health Study Team at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (Lindsay Lefenfeld, Tara De Siano, Dr. Elisa Bandera, Stella Chang, Thanusha Puvananayagam, Jean Williams, and Charo Valdez). Summer 2009.|
Special Thanks to our Community Advocates and Friends:
Debra Marshall, Yvonne McCalla Foundation Inc.
Debra Raines, YWCA Princeton, Breast Cancer Resource Center
Kiameesha Evans, MPH, MCHES
Director of Community Outreach, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
American Cancer Society, Eastern Division
American Cancer Society, Northern New Jersey Region
Deborah Halpern, MSW, ACSW
American Cancer Society, Metro New Jersey Region
American Cancer Society, Central New Jersey Region
Pastor Marilyn Monroe Harris and Eutrene Woods, First Baptist Church of Teaneck
Pastor Mary Searight
Abundant Life Family Worship Center, New Brunswick, NJ
First Lady Elder Gayle Taylor and Jannie Smith
Englewood Community Baptist Church
Gary D. Graham, New Jersey State Alliance of YMCAs
George Shinhoster, YMWCA of Newark and Vicinity
Ilsa Lord, Homefront, Trenton
Roslyn Council, The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program