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The Jewels in Our Genes Study - an African American Family Study of Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Heather Ochs-Balcom, University at Buffalo Identifier:
First received: June 22, 2011
Last updated: August 13, 2012
Last verified: August 2012

The research team is studying why some African American families have multiple cases of breast cancer.

This study will help to better understand if there are undiscovered genes unique to African Americans that may predict early breast cancer risk.

Breast cancer survivors AND their relatives who are also breast cancer survivors are being recruited to the study.

Breast Cancer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Family-Based
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Search for Novel Breast Cancer Susceptibility Genes in Pedigrees of African Ancestry

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University at Buffalo:

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA

Saliva sample

Enrollment: 330
Study Start Date: October 2010
Study Completion Date: August 2012
Primary Completion Date: August 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

African American breast cancer survivors.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Black/African American
  • Ever diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Have at least one living blood relative ever diagnosed with breast cancer, who is also willing to participate
  • Live in the U.S.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Tested positive for BRCA mutations
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01380925

United States, New York
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York, United States, 14214-8001
Sponsors and Collaborators
University at Buffalo
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Heather Ochs-Balcom, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo Identifier: NCT01380925     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: KG090937
Study First Received: June 22, 2011
Last Updated: August 13, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Breast Diseases
Neoplasms by Site
Skin Diseases processed this record on February 27, 2015