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Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Study: Call for Participants

Breast cancer screening tests can help to find cancer early, when it may be smaller and easier to treat, and is recommended for most women based on their age. However, the chance of getting breast cancer is not the same for all women, even at the same age. Some women have a higher risk and some a lower risk.

About the Study

Researchers in Ontario and Quebec are working to find ways to identify women more likely to get breast cancer using a new computer risk assessment tool. This tool can calculate women’s risk level by using information about their genetic makeup and other risk factors. Genetic makeup will be assessed using a new breast cancer genetic test developed for this study.

The purpose of this study is to understand:

  • the benefits and harms of knowing your breast cancer risk level
  • how to use this information to make an informed choice about breast cancer screening tests

This may improve a woman’s chance of having their breast cancer found earlier, and having less treatment with fewer complications and a better quality of life.

Participating in the PERSPECTIVE Study

To participate in this study you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a woman 40 to 69 years old
  • Have had a mammogram (X-ray examination of the breast) at one of the following locations:
    • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    • Unity Health Toronto (St. Michael’s Hospital)
    • Grand River Hospital (Freeport Site)
    • University Health Network (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre)
    • Hamilton Health Sciences (Juravinski Hospital)
    • Kingston Health Sciences Centre (Kingston General Hospital)
  • Never have had genetic counselling and/or genetic testing for breast cancer
  • Never have had cancer of the breast, ovary or pancreas

If you are eligible and choose to take part, then you will be required to do the following:

  • Complete 3 questionnaires, either online or on paper.
  • Provide a saliva sample for the study genetic test.
  • Allow the research team to collect your recent mammogram report.
  • Have your study data linked to provincial health data in a secure environment.

Any information obtained from this study will be handled as confidential. We never disclose your name and you can leave the study at any time.


This study is funded by the Genome Canada Large Scale Applied Research Project Competition in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

For More Information

Read more about the study at Your Breast Cancer Risk Assessment: Understanding the PERSPECTIVE Study.

For more information or to find out if you are eligible to participate, please get in touch with us:

Phone: 416-217-1226
Toll-free: 1-833-781-6046

This study is being conducted in English only.