Fighting breast Cancer
The WISDOM Study, a groundbreaking effort to determine the best way to screen for breast cancer, just received a multi-million-dollar grant from the National Cancer Institute to help increase the number of minority women who participate, including those who primarily speak Spanish. The study, founded by doctors at the University of California, seeks to improve the way breast cancer is screened in women who are cancer free, and hopes to improve breast health for generations of women to come.
Women who participate are followed over time to determine whether personalized recommendations for breast cancer screening, based on each woman’s individual’s risk (including her family and health history, lifestyle and genetics), can improve prevention and health outcomes when compared to the current, one-size-fits-all approach to screening that recommends annual mammograms. Participation is convenient, online, and free of charge.
The web-based study, with English and Spanish translation, launched three years ago and in December 2019, expanded to be open to qualifying women nationwide. Because of this we would love your help and support to ensure that the WISDOM Study can flourish in Alaska.
“We still don’t know whether annual mammogram screenings are the best way to detect breast cancer,” said Dr. Esserman, Director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at UC, San Francisco. “This study will answer those questions and hopefully lead to better screening and prevention of breast cancer for all women.”
Amidst the stress and uncertainty, we are all facing from the recent Coronavirus pandemic, enrolling in the WISDOM study is something empowering that women can do for their health, online from the comfort of their home. To learn more about The WISDOM Study, or to enroll, please visit www.wisdomstudy.org.