BETHESDA, Md--The Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project, ordered
by Congress in 1993, is now underway under the auspices of the
NCI and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
The study will attempt to determine whether pollutants (pesticides
and other chemical irritants) are linked to the area's excessive
breast cancer rates.
During, the 4-year study, being conducted by researchers from
Columbia University School of Public Health, 33 Long Island hospitals
will provide the names of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients
whom the researchers will invite to join the study. Blood and
urine samples will be taken prior to treatment, along with a family
and medical history. The researchers will collect dust, water,
and soil samples from the homes of 325 participants. Planned enrollment
is 1,600 patients plus 1,600 controls, with results expected by