October 12, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel (505) 272-3651;Courtney Smith (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October is Breast Cancer awareness month. Dr. Eileen Thomas, at the College of Nursing , is seeking women to share stories related to mammography and other experiences.

To participate in the study, you should be at least 42 years of age, have no history of breast cancer, be willing to write or record on audiotape (in English) at least 2 stories about experiences related to your breasts and 1 story about a mammogram screening experience and be willing to take part in a follow up interview to discuss your stories.

Participants will receive two gift certificates as a token of appreciation for taking part in the study. The identity of all participants will remain private.

The response from Anglo and Hispanic women was overwhelming. There are still a few more openings for Native American and African women to participate in this study.

The goal of this study is to identify factors that will lay the foundation for developing and designing mammography screening interventions that are more effective and culturally acceptable to women from diverse racial and ethnic groups.

If you are interested in participating in this study or would like to know more about it, please feel free to contact Dr. Eileen Thomas at (505) 272-5807 oreithomas@salud.unm.edu.