(HealthDay News) — Women, with and without cancer, are being recruited to join a cancer registry in an effort to better understand and more effectively treat cancers that primarily affect women, according to a Cedars-Sinai initiative.

Noting that relatively few women have participated in clinical research, researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center, and the Cardio-Oncology Program, have opened an online registry to increase the number of female participants in cancer research studies.

According to the report, the aim is to register at least 2,000 women with or without a history of breast or gynecologic cancers. Information will be reviewed to identify opportunities for improvements in care. Through the registry, subjects who may be eligible for research studies, including epidemiological studies, cancer screening studies, focus groups, or clinical therapeutic trials can be identified.

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“What we try to tell women, especially women who do not have cancer or a family history of it, is that they can help make a difference in the fight against women’s cancers in a noninvasive, very simple way,” B.J. Rimel, M.D., from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said in a statement. “We try to tell them how much of a benefit they are to others. That’s our strongest weapon in this fight.”

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