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U. GETS FUNDING TO STUDY WOMEN’S RISK OF CANCER

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University of Utah researchers will be studying women's risk of getting cancer with a new grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a branch of the National Institutes of Health.

The Tremin Trust Research Program at the U. College of Nursing has been awarded an 18-month, $180,000 research contract to determine how menstrual, reproductive and demographic characteristics alter women's risk for a variety of cancers.Researchers will also be looking at how the characteristics affect women's longevity.

"The trust was initiated in 1934 at the University of Minnesota as the Alan E. Treloar Menstruation and Reproductive History Research Program, and the U. of U. was selected to receive the trust in 1984," said Dr. Ann M. Voda, professor of nursing and trust director. "It is a non-profit, self-supporting program dedicated to the understanding of women's health and is the only continuing research program of its kind in the world."

The Tremin Trust Research Program collects data annually on women's menstrual characteristics and on factors that influence women's health in general. Participants span three generations, ranging in age from 12 to 94, and reside in 50 states and 25 foreign countries. The women who form the basis for the contract have been studied for more than 50 years.