The Women's Circle of Health Study
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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, Rutgers School of Public Health, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

In New Jersey, participants are being recruited in ten counties (Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Monmouth, Union, and Camden). 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:

  • Answering questions regarding demographic, medical, reproductive, lifestyle and diet histories.
  • Measuring body size such as weight, height, waist and hip circumferences.
  • Providing a saliva sample.
  • Filling out a questionnaire about usual dietary intake.

In appreciation for donating their time to this important study, women completing all study materials are provided with a $50 gift certificate.



Principal Investigators:

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:


Elisa V. Bandera,


Tara De Siano, R.D. Nicole Johnson Edie Prescod Urmila Chandran, PhD

At the Women's Circle of Health Study Holiday Luncheon: Urmila Chandran, Charo Valdez,

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.

Patti Allen

American Cancer Society, Eastern Division

Barbara Ortiz

American Cancer Society, Northern New Jersey Region

Deborah Halpern, MSW, ACSW

American Cancer Society, Metro New Jersey Region

Fiordaliza Gomez

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


Fall/Winter 2009 Newsletter