Breast Cancer Prevention Month Initiated by GrassrootsHealth
Study Enrollment Open for 1000 Women Age 60 and over.
October 5, 2011 - GrassrootsHealth is changing the current Breast Cancer Awareness Month to Breast Cancer Prevention Month with a focus on taking action to prevent breast cancer with vitamin D testing and education.
According to Dr. Cedric F. Garland of the Moores Cancer Center and the UCSD School of Medicine:
“This will potentially be the most important action ever conducted toward prevention of breast cancer. The more women who participate in this study, the greater the chance that we will defeat breast cancer within our lifetimes.”
Women across the world are invited to enroll in a 5-year Breast Cancer Prevention Study initiated by GrassrootsHealth. To be eligible to enroll, women must be at least 60 years of age and have no current cancer. A free vitamin D home test kit will be provided for the first 1000 women to enroll. The study aims to fully demonstrate health outcomes of vitamin D serum levels in the range of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L) and will examine the occurrence of breast cancer among a population of women 60 and over who achieve and maintain a targeted vitamin D serum level in the bloodstream. In addition to breast cancer prevention, short-term effects of vitamin D such as hypertension, falls, colds and flu will also be tracked. More information can be found at http://www.grassrootshealth.net/.
Funding for this initial enrollment is provided by GrassrootsHealth founder, Carole Baggerly. “We are expecting to find like-minded individuals and organizations who can keep the funding going to keep the full enrollment funded. Our funding goal for the project is $300,000/year. We have been funded entirely by private individuals and organizations in the past. There is a large group of people who are ready for action to prevent breast cancer. We sincerely hope that those people will help by donating directly to this effort to demonstrate how we can do primary prevention, not early detection.”
Donations of any amount are gratefully received!