National Women's Health Week is this week and ends Saturday.
A study called The Sister Study is reminding women to sign up to learn more about women's health. Conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health, is committed to enrolling 50,000 diverse women from all walks of life.
Participation will help researchers learn the causes of breast cancer and how women can prevent it, according to Paula Juras, project officer with the Sister Study.
"It's often said that we are better at taking care of our family's health than our own," Juras said in a media release, so women are encouraged to get needed medical tests as well as participate in this research study.
Women ages 35 to 74 may be eligible if their sister--living or deceased--related to them by blood had breast cancer; if they had breast cancer themselves; and if they live in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Caucasian women with high school degrees or less OR who are between 65-74 are also needed.
The study no longer needs Caucasians 35-64 who have a high school degree or higher.
To volunteer or learn more, see www.sisterstudy.org or Spanish www.estudiodehermanas.org or call 1-877-474-7837.