Baylor University has received a grant from the Congressional Directed Medical Research Project and administered by the U.S. Department of Defense. to study the potential of chloroquine to reduce the risk of breast cancer. (Corrected: July 2015)Chloroquine was taken to guard against malaria. Aralen is the name I knew for the the drug. This study group at Baylor has partnered with the National Peace Corps Association to locate women who served in the Peace Corps between 1961 and 1990. This is not an official study of the United States Peace Corps. Here are the important links to learn more about the study.
National Peace Corps Association cancer study page is now live:
National Peace Corps Association also have a blog post on it: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/cancerstudy/
The Baylor study will use an innovative sampling method, Respondent Driven Sampling, that requires each respondent to name and refer more respondents to the study. Here is a link describing that method.
I believe that every RPCV women who served during these years has the right to be informed about this study. I served during this era, but I have decided not to participate. I will identify my reasons later. For now, it is important that this information be circulated as widely and as quickly as possible.