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October 15: Dr. Susan Love
Dr. Susan Love: Advocate of Preventative Breast Cancer Research
Achievements: For 30 years, Dr. Susan Love has fought to move breast cancer beyond a cure and end it once and for all. She is founder of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, which conducts innovative research to eradicate breast cancer, as well as the Army of Women program, which is currently recruiting a million volunteers of all ages, with or without breast cancer, to find the cause and cure.
Dr. Susan Love
Susan M. Love, MD, MBA, has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. As president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, she oversees an active research program centered on breast cancer cause and prevention. She is also a clinical professor of surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.
Her reputation as an activist comes from her role as one of the “founding mothers” of the breast cancer advocacy movement in the early 1990s, when she was one of the founders of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). She continues this work by serving on the boards of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and Young Survival Coalition. She served on the National Cancer Advisory Board from 1998 to 2004 as an appointee of President Clinton.
Dr. Susan Love is best known as a trusted guide to women worldwide, through her books and the Foundation website. The completely revised fourth edition of “Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book,” termed “the bible for women with breast cancer” by The New York Times, was released in October 2005, and the fifth edition will be coming out in 2010. It has been translated into German, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew. “Dr. Susan Love’s Menopause and Hormone Book,” first published in 1998 and revised in 2003, was one of the first books to sound the alarm against the long-term use of postmenopausal hormones, and “Live a Little” (Crown 2009) encourages women to be healthy without driving themselves crazy.
A true visionary, Susan Love’s most recent project, the Love/Avon Army of Women, is a creative Internet solution created to partner women and scientists in order to accelerate basic translational research. Thanks to a generous grant from the Avon Foundation for Women, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation launched the Army of Women campaign in October 2008. The campaign is recruiting one million women who are willing to consider participating in research to find the cause and prevention of breast cancer. This novel initiative will move research from animals to women, democratizing the scientific process.
Dr. Love received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York, and did her surgical training at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. She founded the Faulkner Breast Center in Boston and the Revlon UCLA Breast Center in Los Angeles. She has a business degree from the Executive MBA program at UCLA’s Anderson School. In 1996 she retired from the active practice of surgery, to dedicate her time to the urgent pursuit of finding the cause and prevention of breast cancer. The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit breast cancer foundation, has over $4 million in peer-reviewed grants and is pioneering novel techniques to identify young women at risk for breast cancer, as well as local therapy administered directly into the milk ducts to prevent breast cancer