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The Health of Women (HOW) Study

October 9, 2013

The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Beck Research Institute at City of Hope created an online cohort study, called the Health of Women (HOW) Study, in order to examine potential risk factors for and causes of breast cancer, with implications for future prevention.

Researchers seek women ages 18 and older – both those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and those who have not – to participate in the HOW Study, as well as men who have been diagnosed with, or have a high risk of developing, breast cancer.

What does the study involve?

HOW is a cohort study, meaning researchers will follow the group of  female and male participants over time collecting and analyzing data to find common factors or characteristics that potentially cause an individual to develop, or that increase her or his risk of developing, breast cancer. 

If you participate in the HOW Study, researchers will collect information from you through online questionnaires, completed when you first sign up and then periodically thereafter. Your responses to the online questions will help the investigators collect data on and examine lifestyle, environmental exposures and other factors that may cause or promote the growth of breast cancer. 

After completing the initial online questionnaire, you will be notified of new questionnaires via a “Call to Action” email every few months. Each questionnaire focuses on a different health or exposure topic. 

You can drop out of the HOW Study at any time by logging into your account and following the withdrawal instructions. 

How do I participate, or find out more about the study?

The HOW Study is recruiting women ages 18 and older of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, regardless of whether you are newly diagnosed, in treatment, post-treatment, living with metastatic disease or have never been diagnosed with breast cancer. Men are also eligible to participate in HOW if they have been diagnosed with or have a high risk of developing breast cancer. 

To participate, create an account on the HOW Study website.

Download this PDF to learn more about the HOW collaboration between DSLRF and the Beckman Research Institute.