NYU Dataset

NYU Women's Health Study

Alternate Titles(s): NYUWHS
UID: 10123
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Data from the ongoing NYU Women's Health Study include biospecimens and survey data with variables concerning health conditions, reproductive history, and dietary habits. Between 1985 and 1991, the NYU Women's Health Study enrolled 14,274 women between the ages of 35 and 65 years old at the Guttman Breast Diagnostic Institute in New York City for a study of endogenous hormones, diet, and risk of breast cancer. Since its inception in 1985, the study has been expanded to investigate exposures associated with cancer and other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporotic fractures. At the time of enrollment, women donated blood samples and completed questionnaires about their health conditions, reproductive history, and diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits. Participants returning for annual screening mammography were asked to donate additional blood samples at each visit. The blood samples and survey responses are used to explore biological differences between women who develop disease and women who remain disease-free.

Participants complete follow-up questionnaires by mail or telephone every 3 to 5 years to update information on their health conditions and lifestyle. Follow-up is supplemented by periodic linkages to tumor registries and to the National Death Index. As of October 2022, 7,795 study participants (54.6%) were still alive, of whom 1,260 (16.2%) had withdrawn from active follow-up.

1985 - Present
Geographic Coverage
New York (State) - New York City
Subject of Study
Subject Domain
Population Age
Adult (19 years - 64 years)
Senior (65 years - 79 years)
Aged (80 years and over)
Subject Gender


Application Required
Author Approval Required

To request access to study data and/or biospecimens, contact Yu Chen with a brief description of research with the following information: specific aims, rationale and significance, design and analysis plan, data variables required, type of biological specimen and volume required (if applicable), and plans for funding.

Proposals are reviewed by the NYU WHS investigators and possibly by members of the External Advisory Board against three criteria: if the project can be performed in accordance to their privacy and confidentiality policies; if it is deemed of substantial scientific interest; if it is not being pursued or considered by another investigator; and if anticipated costs are covered. Applicants will receive a response within two weeks of submitting a request.

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Study Questionnaires

Baseline and follow-up questionnaires

Cohort Characteristics

Cohort demographics and cancer incidence

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