The Study is being conducted at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, in collaboration with City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center.
What is the Health of Women Study?
From the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation website:
"The majority of women who get breast cancer have none of the known clinical risk factors. This means we don’t know what causes breast cancer or how to prevent it.
The HOW Study is a first-of-its-kind international online study for women and men with and without a history of breast cancer. We will collect information about your health, your job, your diet, and your family history, among other topics that can help us get a better understanding of breast cancer and its potential causes.
The HOW Study will track hundreds of thousands of women (and men) over time
to learn what causes breast cancer, and how to prevent it. HOW will also study long-term
breast cancer survivors in order to get a better understanding of how they are beating
the odds. This is the first time a study of this size and magnitude is collecting
data entirely online. We are excited by this approach because it will allow us to
ask every question any of us (including you) ever wanted answered. We believe this
is the first study that will allow the participants to submit questions they want
studied, and we are eager to hear what you want us to do!
Once you sign up to become a member of the HOW Study, you will receive periodic questionnaires that will ask questions about different health and exposure topics. Each new questionnaire will be released in a "Call to Action" email and will address a specific topic, such as reproductive health, cancer history (for those with breast cancer), environmental exposures, and much, much more. Each questionnaire should take about 60-90 minutes to fill out, and you will get a new one every three to four months.
This is a partnership, and we need you for the long haul. The more questionnaires you fill out, the more information we will have that can help us have a better understanding of why women get breast cancer."
Click here to join the HOW Study or find out more.
As we go through the process of closing our organization, we are continuing to accept Support Service Fund applications for those needing financial assistance until October 30, 2020. We are funding these qualified applicants through our remaining third-quarter funds, and we are deeply grateful to all of our supporters who have made this possible! However, as of October 1, we are no longer able to accept donations to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
In its 20 years of existence, the Support Service Fund of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition has awarded grants totaling over $2.3 million to more than 4,500 Maine residents and for this accomplishment, we are so proud and grateful. We could not have done it without our incredibly dedicated Support Service Fund program assistant and the MBCC volunteers who have comprised the Support Service Fund committee through the years. Additionally, the generosity of our collaborative partners, granting agencies, volunteer members, business and individual fundraisers and supporters has been essential to our success and remarkable to witness.
Updated information will continue to be available on our website at mainebreastcancer.org as well as our Facebook page at facebook.com/mainebreastcancer.
Again, we thank you for your partnership and for your role in the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s contributions to those living with and at risk for breast cancer in Maine throughout our 26 years as a coalition and the 20 years of our Support Service Fund!
They raised an amazing $5,000 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support
Service Fund in just one day! That brings the four-year total of funds raised
at the tournaments to well over $13,000! All proceeds were donated to MBCC’s Support Service Fund and will help Maine
residents with unmet breast cancer or breast health related needs.
All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition are grateful for the generosity of the owners of DND Disc Golf, sponsors, donors, and all those who took part in the fundraiser!
Read more about the event at DND Disc Golf’s Facebook page.
Group Photo: Back, left to right---Carol Beagan, MBCC Treasurer; Tammy Tillson; Kaitlyn Longley; Liz Tusing, MBCC Secretary and Fundraisers Coordinator. Front: Abigail Tillson, Lillian Tillson
Normally, Bethany and other advocates from Maine travel to Washington, DC in May to participate in the annual training Summit and Lobby Day, where they meet with Maine’s congressional members or their staff. Although lobby day meetings were held virtually this year, advocates from Maine still met with Maine’s delegation to discuss legislative priorities that would positively impact research for a breast cancer vaccine as well as supports and resources for those living with and at risk for breast cancer. #NBCCOnTheHill