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 1999.