How an 8-year-old could help cure cancer (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/17/2013)

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The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the LEGACY Girls study, a longterm study focusing on the influence of behavior, environment and diet on pubertal growth in girls aged 6 to 13 years.  LEGACY, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute, is an acronym for Lessons in Epidemiology and Genetics of Adult Cancer from Youth. At Breast Cancer Registry sites in San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and Salt Lake City  the girls and their guardians answer questionnaires every six months about exercise habits, the food they eat and the cosmetics, hair gels and perfumes they use. The girls will be measured and weighed, and also provide samples of saliva and urine to test for hormonal and genetic changes. 

Breast Cancer Fund President and CEO Jeanne Rizzo was quoted in the article, saying that studies like LEGACY are valuable because they provide a broad sweep of data.

“When you go to the doctor, they may ask if you smoke or drink alcohol, but they don't ask anything about workplace exposures or what chemicals you use,” she said. “So when we turn around and try to understand how a person gets sick, we don't have the data.”

Read on in the full article.

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