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New Year's resolution idea: Contribute to breast cancer research on Jan. 22

INDIANAPOLIS -- (January 04, 2011) -- Among your resolutions for the New Year, consider contributing to breast cancer research. 

You can help researchers by donating a tissue sample to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Hematology Clinic and Women's Center (second floor) in the patient building of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, 1030 W. Michigan St. 

Parking is available across the street in the Vermont Street Garage on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

During the donation process, a tissue sample is taken from one breast with a needle and local anesthesia. The amount of tissue taken is about one gram (or the size of two peas).  

To participate, women must:

• be age 18 or older
• have the ability to understand and the willingness to sign an informed consent
• be willing to give one hour of their time to complete a questionnaire and a breast biopsy
• not be allergic to local anesthetics (numbing medicine)
• not be receiving a therapeutic blood thinner (this does not include aspirin)
• not have breast implants or have had a breast reduction

To register, visit www.komentissuebank.iu.edu or contact Liz Way at (317) 274-4051 or  eswells@iupui.edu.

Researchers with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center collect and share healthy breast tissue samples with researchers around the world to help further understanding of how breast cells turn cancerous. This tissue bank, which is the first and only healthy breast tissue bank in the world, currently has samples from more than 7,000 women. By collecting blood and tissue from women with and without breast cancer, researchers will be able to determine the differences between these populations, which could lead to a better understanding of the disease.