This Breast Cancer Research is too Important to Lose

Willie Mae Washington was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly 40 years ago while in her early 50s. Willie Mae had few risk factors and her daughter, Ida, always wondered what caused her mother's illness, long since in remission.

The Child Health and Development Studies (CHDS) is working with Ida, Willie Mae and 15,000 other women in a one-of-a-kind research program spanning three generations, to uncover potential environmental causes of breast cancer.

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Current Studies
  • Project COCOA
  • Finding metabolomic signatures in pregnancy that predict breast cancer: 60-year prospective study in the Child Health and Development Studies pregnancy cohort
    Healthy Brains Project
  • Health eHeart Study
  • Healthy Brains Project

    "In their own words"
    Participants talk about participating in the Healthy Brains Project

    It really helped me realize all the wonderful, positive things in my life.
    It was helpful to objectively list all these positive things that give my life meaning.
    The overall interview experience was very positive.
    I really appreciated the interviews’ positive focus.
    I believe in this longitudinal research, and you guys are great.
    That was fun!
    This was very enjoyable!
    This has been lovely. Lauren, you are very good at this.
    You've really made this fun!
    It’s been a fascinating experience.
    It’s been nice to take the opportunity to reflect on past experiences.
    I would have done it even if you weren’t paying me.
    I'm glad my mother took part in this study 58 years ago!
    It was a very professional experience.

  • Linking neighborhood and individual ACEs to breast cancer
  • Stress, Epigenetics and Aging
  • Germline EDC Exposure and Breast Cancer Risk in the 3Gs Study