You’ve always wanted to do your part to end breast cancer. Now, thanks to a revolutionary international online study that uses real-time technology, you can.
The Health of Women Study (HOW), the first-of-its-kind, aims to give all women, age 18 and older, as well as interested men, the opportunity to become partners in research by participate in the long-term cohort study.
Even if you are skittish around needles, or doctor’s offices make you break out in a cold sweat, you can do this.
By answering questions about your health, your job, your diet, and your family history, and other relevant topics, you can help foster a better understanding of breast cancer and its potential causes.
The information will be used by teams of expert epidemiologists, statisticians and clinical researchers around the world to investigate the root cause of breast cancer and look for new risk factors.
The information you provide is vital to researchers because “the majority of women who get breast cancer have none of the known clinical risk factors for the disease,” said Dr. Susan Love, president and founder of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF).
Dr. Love said that the research community know very little about the conditions that allow the disease to flourish.
"We have made strides in how we treat breast cancer, but we still don’t know how to prevent this disease," said Dr. Love.
“We believe a completely new kind of study that traces both healthy women and breast cancer patients and survivors, and directly involves them, as participants, will give us the data we need to find the cause and develop prevention," she said. "It’s time to shift some of our focus to preventing it altogether.”