Phillips County Women Invited to Participate in UAMS Breast Cancer Study

By Nate Hinkel

Spit for the Cure involves the collection of saliva samples from thousands of women age 18 and older and is being conducted with the support of the Arkansas Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The research event will be held 9 a.m. – noon Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at 1000 Campus Drive in the Fine Arts Building on the Helena-West Helena campus of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas. For more information, call (870) 338-8027.

To participate, just drop by during the event and give a saliva sample. Lead researchers for the UAMS study are Martha Phillips, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Susan Kadlubar, Ph.D., and Suzanne Klimberg, M.D. For more information, contact study director Kristy Bondurant, Ph.D., at (501) 686-8326 or by e-mail at

The saliva samples will be used to create a DNA database for future studies related to breast cancer risk and treatment. Participants also will be asked to answer a short questionnaire and indicate if they would be willing to participate in follow-up studies. All information will be kept confidential.

“It has become clear that an individual’s inherited profile and environmental exposures will decide, to a large degree, that individual’s risk of developing breast cancer,” Klimberg said. “We are working to obtain DNA samples from a representative group of Arkansas women to use to advance breast cancer research in a variety of areas.”

“Because the study is noninvasive, it is easy to participate,” Kadlubar said. “By collecting samples at various sites, we hope to quickly assemble a large, representative DNA database that will benefit numerous research studies.” Participants may follow the progress of the study at

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or