According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40,000 women died in 2006 from breast cancer. The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation focuses its efforts on supporting breast cancer research with the hope of eventually eradicating its existence. The foundation continues its work, developing future goals and ideas for funding research.
The Dr. Susan Love Foundation is named after Susan M. Love, who is considered a leading pioneer in breast cancer research. Love served in the past on the National Cancer Advisory Board before moving into the role of president at the Dr. Susan Love Foundation in 1995. She also serves on the Young Survival Coalition and is active in the National Breast Cancer Organization.
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation promotes cancer awareness and research through a grant program. The program identifies researchers working on various breast cancer research ideas and funding them. Many researchers who receive the grants use them to further research that will entice larger organizations to give them larger amounts. Nearly $1 million has been given out in grants since 1998.
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s International Symposium provides the opportunity for the medical community and the public to come together and share ideas about breast cancer research. The event provides seminars, presentations and question-and-answer periods that include world-renowned breast cancer experts. The public can attend.
One concept that the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation pioneered was the idea that breast cancer cures will be found where breast cancer starts. The foundation supports the idea that the answers to curing breast cancer will be found in the breast ducts. To this end, the foundation encourages research about breast duct cancer.
Love continues to expand her expertise and her ability to reach and teach the world about breast cancer issues. As the author of several books about cancer, hormones and menopause, she was one of the pioneers of the idea that synthetic hormone treatment can be precursors to the development of cancer. Her research and books concentrate of the relationship between hormones and breast cancer. In 2008, she also started the Army of Women project that partners with Avon to support breast cancer research.
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