Sisters of Breast Cancer Victims Focus of Study

April 16, 2006 - Posted at 11:34 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Gina Gordick wanted to do something more

than just make her younger sister soup while she suffered through

breast cancer.

The Fayette woman says participating in a medical study turned

out to be the best way to help.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is

conducting a national survey to test how environment and genetics

affect women's chances of getting breast cancer.

Medical research shows the sisters of a breast cancer victim

have twice the risk of developing the disease than women whose

siblings don't have the cancer.

Investigators hope to find 50-thousand women aged 35 to 74 who

will agree to fill out questionnaires, do interviews and donate

blood samples. That information will be compared over time, in

hopes of finding common factors.

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