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Welcome to the African American Cancer Epidemiology 
Study (AACES) Website


AACES is a research study seeking to better understand the causes of ovarian cancer in 
African American women.


  • Ovarian cancer is the 5th most common cause of death from cancer in women.
  • AACES is the first study to focus on ovarian cancer in African Americans.
  • African American women have worse survival than White women after a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. 
    The reason for this is not known.

Who will be in AACES?

  • 1000 African American women with a recent diagnosis of ovarian cancer and 1000 women who have 
    never had the disease.
  • Eligible women will be contacted by the study team directly through a letter in the mail.
  • Women in AACES will be from 9 states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, 
    Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


By comparing women with and without ovarian cancer, we hope to learn more about the causes 
of this disease.