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
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.