UVA Mammography Project: Shaping the Future of Breast Cancer Screening
Building a better model: a comprehensive breast cancer risk model incorporating breast density to stratify risk and apply resources
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This is an exciting time for breast cancer research. Physicians and researchers have made progress in diagnosing and treating breast cancer. Yet despite our progress, we still have a long way to go. How will we get there? We are currently recruiting 4,000 women who have had a mammogram at UVA to participate in a clinical trial. We’re looking for 3,000 women who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer and 1,000 breast cancer survivors. With this project, we hope to improve our ability to predict a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by adding breast density as a risk factor during the screening process. Why is breast density important? Research has shown that having dense breast tissue increases breast cancer risk. Yet currently, mammography screening guidelines are the same for all women age 40 and older. This project aims to move breast screening toward a more personalized approach. Is it easy to participate? Participation is quick, easy and completely confidential. Participants will be asked to fill out a 45-minute questionnaire at their next scheduled appointment. If you do not have an appointment scheduled at UVA, we can work with you to find a convenient time to meet. A one-time only blood sample for additional research into breast density as a risk factor is optional. Information will be kept completely confidential and will not be attached to medical records. Do I qualify? We are looking for 3,000 women who have not had breast cancer and have had a digital mammogram at UVA between October 2003 and December 2007 to participate in this clinical trial. In addition, we need 1,000 breast cancer survivors who have had a digital mammogram at UVA between October 2003 and December 2011. By conducting and participating in the UVA Mammography Project, researchers and study participants have the opportunity to work together and potentially improve breast cancer screening for future generations. If you would like to join us in this project, or if you would like to hear more about the UVA Mammography Project and ask questions, please call 434.243.4543 or email Kathy Repich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breast Imaging/Diagnostic Studies