Eighty percent of women who get breast cancer have none of the known risk factors!
This means we donâ€™t have a clue as to what causes this disease. Could it be a virus? Is it due to certain environmental factors? Is it because of something that no one has even thought about and that we will never discover unless someone is daring enough to stand up to the status quo and start looking?
The mission of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is to find the cause of breast cancer so we can prevent it once and for all. We are willing to buck the tide and focus our attention on the innovative research that no one else is willing to do. We are willing to go where no one else will go.
- I was out on a limb in 1990 when I wrote the first book on breast cancer for women that explained the science!
- I was out on a limb when I stood up against high dose chemotherapy and stem cell rescue as a treatment for breast cancer!
- I was out on a limb when I first sounded the alarm about postmenopausal hormones as a potential danger!
- And Iâ€™m out on a limb again as I take on the big job of finding the cause of breast cancer! Thatâ€™s why I need your help!
This has been a tough year and I know that, like many others, you are probably re-evaluating where to put your charitable dollars. I can assure you that the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation works hard to invest every dollar into research that is looking into the cause of breast cancer and how to prevent it. We are not afraid to try new ways of getting to the answers!
It was support from women like you, along with a grant from the Avon Foundation for Women, which allowed us to launch the Love/Avon Army of Women initiative in October 2008. To date, we have recruited more than 320,000 women who want to take part in breast cancer researchâ€”leaving many investigators who have said itâ€™s too hard to recruit women for studies speechless!
The Foundation is also continuing to advance the intraductal approach to breast cancer. As part of this effort, we are conducting studies that could result in an at-home breast cancer risk detection device, determine the role low grade chronic inflammation plays in breast cancer development, or lead to a new method of breast cancer prevention that entails administering chemotherapy down the breast ducts to treat precancerous changes.
With cause and prevention as our mission, we have become a pioneer of a new frontier. Our pioneering spirit will become even more evident in 2010, when we launch the biggest research project we have ever taken on: The Health of Women Study, which will be the first ever online â€œcohortâ€ study of one million women!
As you can see, we have no lack of ideas. But to make these ideas come to fruition, we need your support! Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m asking you to make a year-end donation to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
I know that we will find the cause of breast cancer. I also know that we cannot do it without you!