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Tampon Detection of Cancer Associated Mutations: A Pilot Study

This study is open to:

Women may participate if they:

  • Are age 35 or older
  • Have no personal history of breast cancer, significant radiation or chemotherapy
  • Have intact fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus
  • Are comfortable using a tampon 
This study is not open to:

Patients are excluded if they:

  • Are younger than age 35
  • Have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer
  • Have had their ovaries and/or fallopian tubes removed

 

Tampon Detection of Cancer Associated Mutations: A Pilot Study

Using Tampons to Detect Ovarian Cancer

Prevention:
Ovarian

Study Contact Information

This study is being conducted by researchers at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics at Florida International University. You do not need to be in Florida to participate. For information on participation and sending us your sample, contact us at infotampons@fiu.edu

About the Study

A research team consisting of geneticists, clinicians, epidemiologists, and medical students is conducting a study to investigate a potential future method of ovarian cancer screening in high risk women to increase early detection.The study is collecting tampon samples from women with a BRCA1 mutation to look for mutations that may help detect ovarian cancer. If these mutations are found at a significant frequency, this could warrant further investigation into the use of tampons as a non-invasive screening modality for ovarian cancer. 

What the Study Entails

We will be collecting tampon samples from BRCA1+ women and a control population of women to determine whether cancer associated mutations can be detected from tampon samples. Participants will be sent instructions for shipping their samples. Women will be compensated for their participation. 

Study Lead Investigator

This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Jeff Boyd and a team of established investigators at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics. If interested please contact us at infotampons@fiu.edu

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