News from the Executive Director
I am thrilled to let you know that the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, in partnership with the Beckman Research Institute, is officially launching the Health of Women (HOW) Study!
The road to the launch of the HOW Study has been long. It took us more than three years to plan and develop this special study, and we could not have done it without your support. Many of you participated in our pilot for this project in 2009, providing invaluable feedback. Now, the official unveiling of the HOW website is here, and we are thrilled to finally be inviting women from throughout the world to take part in HOW the only online study open to all women over the age of 18, with or without a history of breast cancer.
HOW is dedicated to asking the questions about breast cancer that researchers and you want answered. The technological advances that have transformed how we communicate in the 21st century have expanded what is possible in research and medicine. Through HOW, we are using these new technologies to answer age-old questions like: What causes breast cancer? Who is at risk? How can we prevent breast cancer from occurring?
To answer these questions, HOW will follow breast cancer survivors (women and men) to identify predictors of survival as well as short- and long-term treatment related side effects. HOW also will study women (and men who are at high risk of getting breast cancer) who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer. This will help us gain insights into why the majority of women diagnosed with this disease have none of the known clinical risk factors, and allow us to identify new ones.
Importantly, HOW is not only for or limited to learning more about breast cancer in the United States. HOW is the first-ever global online study designed to examine causes, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer. To make this possible, HOW can be accessed online through any desktop computer; and soon it will be accessible from your mobile phone making it easier for anyone, and everyone, to be part of the study.
Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to tell editors at many of the leading womens magazines about HOW, and they were nearly as excited about it as we are. So keep an eye out for articles about HOW in the October issues of Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Prevention, and more.
The HOW Study is about all of us, and how our data and personal health information can give us a better understanding of breast cancer. We cant do this study without you, so go to www.healthofwomenstudy.org and sign up today. And tell your family members and friends to sign up too.
In order to continue to do important, revolutionary studies, like HOW, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation needs your financial support more than ever. To make a donation to support HOW and our other research projects, click here.
P.S. I am also thrilled to report that Dr. Love has had a successful bone marrow transplant and is on the road to recovery. She is feeling great, and will be back blogging very soon!