About the Women's Circle of Health Study

The Women's Circle of Health Study aims to evaluate factors explaining the earlier age at diagnosis and the more aggressive nature of breast cancer among African American women, leading to their worse survival compared to Caucasian women.  This is a collaborative study involving several institutions, including Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the New Jersey Department of Health, and Rutgers School of Public Health.

Participants are being recruited in ten counties in New Jersey (Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Monmouth, Union, and Camden).  The study initially recruited African American and Caucasian women. We are now recruiting only African American women newly diagnosed with breast cancer (within nine months).  Women with breast cancer are identified through the New Jersey State Cancer Registry.

Women's Circle of Health Study flyerPlease see our flyer on the right and
feel free to download it if you want to post or distribute it in your community.  We appreciate all the help and support the African American community of New Jersey continues to give us and for their dedication in being part of an effort to understand and reduce the impact of breast cancer among African American women!

Women's Circle of Health Study Flyer (click for PDF)

What does the study involve?

The interview takes approximately
2 hours and includes:

  • Answering questions about lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise, pregnancies, as well as questions regarding medical history.
  • Measuring body size such as weight, height, and waist and hip circumferences.
  • Providing a saliva sample.
  • In appreciation for donating time to this important study, women completing all study materials are provided with a $50 gift certificate.

You should also know:

  • Your privacy is our concern.  All your information is kept confidential
  • We can come to your home or find a mutually convenient place to meet

Principal Investigators

What's New: Women's Circle of Health Follow-Up Study

Women with a new diagnosis of breast cancer taking part in the Women’s Circle of Health Study will now have the opportunity to participate in the Women's Circle of Health Follow-Up Study. This will be one of only a few studies focused entirely on issues faced by African American breast cancer survivors. Women participating in the follow-up study will receive additional gift cards.

Principal Investigators for the Women's Circle of Health Follow-Up Study:

Women's Circle of Health Study Team

WCHS research team 2015

At the Women's Circle of Health Staff Meeting at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, May 2015. From left to right: Edie Prescod, Dr. Adana Llanos, Hiral Shukla, Frances Merlino, Bo (Bonnie) Qin, Dr. Elisa Bandera, Nakia McCall, Simone Francis, Elizabeth Szamreta, and Thanusha Puvananayagam.


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