Breast Cancer Risk Study for RPCVs

The National Peace Corps Association has partnered with researchers at Baylor College of Medicine to determine if there is a link between the risk of cancers, including breast cancer, and medications taken during Peace Corps service. Studies in animals suggest that people who took a commonly used medication in the past to prevent or cure malaria may be at lower risk of developing some diseases today, such as cancer or heart disease.

Baylor College of Medicine is developing studies to examine this link, beginning with an online survey to compare a large group of women who took the medication to a large group of women who didn’t. The investigators have developed an online survey for RPCVs to measure health and health-affecting behaviors. The NPCA’s goal is that EVERY woman who served in the Peace Corps between 1961 and 1990 is represented in this study. No exhaustive list of RPCVs who served during that time is available, so the investigators are counting on your help! Watch your email for an invitation to fill out the survey and be sure to invite your friends to participate when you get one.

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