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Fox Chase Cancer Center Seeks Asian-born Women for Breast Density Study

PHILADELPHIA (December 5, 2005) -- Breast cancer is not as common among Asian women as it is for American women. However, women of Asian descent have a higher incidence of the disease after moving to the U.S. Researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center want to know if dietary changes among Asian-born women in the U.S. contribute to changes in their breast density and breast cancer risk.

"By looking at changes in eating habits and breast density, we hope to understand why breast cancer risk rises in Chinese women when they come to the U.S.," explains Marilyn Tseng, PhD, the lead researcher from Fox Chase. "Women born in Asia who come to the U.S. undergo so many lifestyle and health changes. Our study will help us better understand how and why breast cancer risk changes in these women."

Research volunteers must have lived in the U.S. for no more than eight years. Volunteers will be asked to complete the following steps three times over a three-year period: complete detailed health and diet interviews, receive a free mammogram (an x-ray of the breast), and donate blood samples. Study volunteers will receive some reimbursement for each of the three times to cover their travel expenses.

For more information about this study, please call 1-888-889-8881. A trained research staff member will answer your questions in Chinese.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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