Women's Circle of Health

 

Black Women's Health Study

 

Carolina Breast Cancer Study

 

Multi-Ethnic Cohort Study

 
 
 
 

The African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk:
AMBER Consortium:

 

Numerous studies have demonstrated that women of African ancestry are more often diagnosed with early, aggressive breast cancers than women of European descent. African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45 and are frequently diagnosed with tumors that are fast growing and lethal.  Younger African American women are more than twice as likely as white women to be diagnosed with a form of breast cancer that has poor prognosis and no therapeutic agents that work well.  It is startling that there are few explanations for this aggressive, poor-prognosis and early onset breast cancers in African American women. Progress in research is limited because existing studies of African American women lack the number of participants to investigate a full range of risk factors for breast cancer defined by early age at onset and type of tumor, and breast cancers that are very aggressive.

 

The AMBER Consortium was formed through a National Cancer Institute, Program Project Grant to combine four of the country's leading studies on African American women and breast cancer to study over 10,000 women. By combining the data from the Black Women's Health Study, The Women's Circle of Health Study, the Carolina Breast Cancer Study and the Multi-Ethnic Cohort Study this consortium will discover genetic, biologic, reproductive and behavioral risk factors for breast cancer.   Read More About Us

 

Amber: The color of optimism, amber is fossilized tree resin. The origins of amber come from deep within the pine tree, has attributed to its spiritual legacy.  The connectedness of the earth to the sky, the tree utilizes the sun's energy as a life source in producing this resin. Amber has been used in rituals through the centuries in ancient wisdom, as a healing stone allowing the body to heal itself.  Used by American Indians as a detoxifying element, it said to take negative energy and turn it to positive, purifying the body and spirit. Many ancient traditions have considered amber to be the stone of universal life force, as it encloses life within.