Individual Study / BWHS

Black Women's Health Study

Black Women's Health Study

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BWHS gathers information on many conditions that affect Black women (breast cancer, lupus, premature birth, hypertension, colon cancer, diabetes, uterine fibroids...). The BWHS has produced important information. We’ve summarized some research results in our newsletters, and a full list of research publications, with descriptions, is available on this website. Here are some of the questions we are investigating within the BWHS: * Why does breast cancer occur more commonly among young Black women than among young white women? * Does exercise protect against the occurrence of breast cancer in Black women? * Does diet influence the occurrence of breast cancer in Black women? If so, what nutrients or foods? * Why does lupus occur more commonly in Black women? * Why does premature birth occur more commonly among Black babies? * Do experiences of racism affect the occurrence of various illnesses in Black women? * What behaviors help to keep Black women healthy? **General contact:**
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr Julie Palmer
    Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University
  • Dr Lucile Adams-Campbell
    Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dr Lynn Rosenberg
    Boston University School of Medicine


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Since 1995, follow-up questionnaires have been sent every two years to update information on reproductive history and other exposures and identify new occurrences of cancer and other serious illnesses.

Marker Paper

Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell L, Palmer JR. The Black Women's Health Study: a follow-up study for causes and preventions of illness. J Am Med Womens Assoc (1972). 1995 Mar-Apr;50(2):56-8.

PUBMED 7722208


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

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