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January 2012

Dr. Susan Love
A Message from Dr. Love
Happy New Year!
I want to begin the New Year by sending a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who contributed to our year-end appeal. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to step into 2012 than with the show of support you provided through your generous donations totaling more than half a million dollars!

I also want to share with you the list of New Year’s Resolutions we developed at the Foundation. If there are any you think that we should add to the list, please let me know!

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s
New Year’s Resolutions

1. We will work creatively and ferociously to find the cause of breast cancer and end this disease.

2. We will work to convince researchers to shift the paradigm of breast cancer research from animal models to women... we have an Army of Women ready to go!

3. We will ask the questions that no one wants to tackle and conduct the risky research that has the potential to lead to the big rewards.

4. We will involve all of you in the Health of Women study, so that we can track all of the factors that may be involved in breast cancer and its recurrence!

5. We will use our website to keep you abreast and critical about what new research findings really mean.

6. We will look for new ways to bring together the efforts of all the breast cancer non-profits and funders to focus on projects that will end this disease.

7. We will make our supporters proud of their decision to fund the Foundation’s research efforts to go beyond a cure.

  Hot Topics
Chemobrain: Is it All in Your Head?
You don't have to spend very long with a group of breast cancer survivors before you hear one of them mention chemobrain—even if it is just a throw-away line used to excuse a memory lapse. These symptoms, such as easily becoming distracted or having difficulty remembering names and words, are all-too-familiar to many survivors, yet they often are dismissed by medical professionals. But now, thanks to researchers who took these concerns seriously, we’ve got two recently published papers that clearly substantiate survivors’ experiences.

2011 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Report
The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium is the most important breast cancer meeting that takes place each year. It attracts close to 9,000 participants from more than 90 countries who are interested in hearing and discussing the most recent breast cancer research findings. The 34th annual Symposium was held December 6–10 2011. Read our overview of some of the most important finding and reports presented at this year’s conference. MORE >

Parabens & Breast Cancer: A new study brings more questions than answers
Most people who have heard me talk know that I am focused on finding the cause of breast cancer so that we can prevent it. Many people have suggested that the answer may well be the environment. The recent Institute of Medicine Report on Breast Cancer and the Environment noted the known risk factors such as hormone replacement therapy, obesity and alcohol. But what about all the chemicals that are ubiquitous in our lives? Could they be culprits? The IOM said it couldn’t answer this question because not enough research has been done. This is undoubtedly part of the reason why a lot of media attention has been directed at a new study on parabens and breast cancer. MORE >

Do you have a topic you think we should address? Send us an email and tell us what's on your mind.

Cause for Love

Make a Gift Today
If you haven't yet made a year-end donation to the Foundation, we hope that you will take the time to show your support today! All donations are tax deductible. And you don’t have to make a huge gift to make a difference. Each contribution—whether it’s $10 or $100 or $1,000—helps move us closer to our goal: the eradication of breast cancer. MORE >

Wear Your Support: Love/Avon Army of Women Pendants & T-Shirts
t-shirtLooking for a great gift? Visit the Army of Women Store, where you can purchase Beyond a Cure Army of Women Pendants and T-shirts! Buy your gifts today! Make your purchase here.

  Research Update
Video: Dr. Love and the Foundation’s Research
Dr. Love recently posted a short video message about the Foundation’s research and our goals for 2012. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it yet, you can view it here.

Women Needed for Breast Study
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation has launched an exciting research study that is exploring what types of bacteria and viruses are found in ductal fluid. Are you a premenopausal woman who might like to come to the Foundation’s office to take part in this study? MORE >

Keep up With the Foundation and Dr. Love
Want to keep up with the latest breast cancer news? You can now find the Foundation on Facebook (don’t forget to “Like” us and recommend us to your FB friends) as well as follow Dr. Love on Twitter.

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Did You Know?
The Foundation for Health Coverage Education provides free services that can help you determine your health coverage options. Take their Health Coverage Eligibility Quiz, view their Health Care Options Matrix, call the 24/7 U.S. Uninsured Help Line at 800-234-1317or visit CoverageForAll.org, to learn more.
Your Questions
Are there organizations that help breast cancer patients pay for their treatments?
There are a number of local and national organizations that offer patient assistance programs. Some of these programs are specifically for breast cancer patients. Others help individuals with all types of cancer. And still others help anyone who has a life-threatening illness. MORE >
Stories of Courage
Gina MGina Mulligan
Not until I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 did I understand that letters are gifts with the power to heal. MORE >

We want to hear your story!
Were you recently diagnosed with breast cancer? Are you living with metastatic disease? Did you take part in a clinical trial? Are you a long-term survivor?

Share Your Story here.