Monday, October 1, 2012

What Would YOU Give To End Breast Cancer?

As a member of the Army of Women I have learned about a lot of great work that the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is doing. The latest BIG news in action and the future of women's health begins today...

It is an online study called the HOW Study...(Health of Women Study)

Today I join many women in the blogosphere in a unified 'Blog with Love' message. We are here to share this study with our readers and let you know that ANYONE over the age of 18 can join and help make a difference in women's health.

ANYONE! That means you!

We already know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Everyone knows someone with the disease (OK, other then me, I'm sure you know somebody else who has had it too)

We already know that most money raised in the name of the cure is NOT used towards prevention and cause research. (Most of the funds are spent on more awareness and marketing campaigns.)

We already know that the breast cancer risk increases if you have a relative that has the disease, if you are over-weight, drink heavily, eat a lot of crap and are a smoker.

But the majority of women being diagnosed don't even have these known clinical risk factors and this means that we don't REALLY know what is causing it and more research needs to be done in order to find answers.

Fortunately the HOW Study is now here. And it's the first of its kind. It's entirely online and available to women and men all over the world. They will collect information about people's health, job, diet and family history, among other topics that can help them get a better understanding of breast cancer and its potential causes. Periodically, the HOW Study will send questionnaires about anything and everything. All you have to do is join and fill them out online.

It’s that simple.

This is a partnership and we need people willing to participate! We need people looking out for people. Women and men in it for the long haul. The more questionnaires filled out, the more information they will have that can help them have a better understanding of why women develop breast cancer.

You don't have to have had a cancer diagnosis to be a part of this study. They are looking at ALL people in hopes to learn more about this horrible disease. It is absolutely free to join. It's safe and it's available to ANYONE in the world.

I know this is my second post trying to push participation on people - but it is obviously close to my heart. Since my diagnosis in January at only 28 years of age, I have met SO many more women dealing with this disease. A huge amount of them are over 40. A good portion are in their 30s. And there's a lot of us in our 20s dealing with this crap. Too many people are getting it. And too many are dying. And if a breakthrough in research isn't accomplished, the numbers will continue to rise.

It never used to be like this. And it's not going away without some kind of action.

Do not be shy. Share this post with everyone you know, whether it's via email, Facebook or Twitter. I would LOVE  to see people getting involved with this. It is REALLY GOOD WORK and you would actually be taking REAL ACTION.

Please Act with Love and consider signing up for the HOW Study and help make history in the health of women.

Peace & Love. Thank You.


  1. Is this open to those currenly in cancer treatment too? I found your blog through Instragram, which I found bc I'm a fellow young (31) breast cancer patient. I'd love to help out if it means other people don't need to go through what we're going through :)

    1. Hi Jill

      I am very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I hope you have a lot of great support and are surrounded by love.

      The HOW study is open to ALL women... whether you are in treatment, post treatment or never been diagnosed. It really is a great way to show support and hopefully one day they will discover answers to why this disease is happening.

      Also, there is a study for young women with breast cancer put on through Army of Women that you may want to look into doing also. They are looking for new genes in women under 35 who have been diagnosed.

      Wishing you all the best,

      - Ashley

    2. Thanks, I'm going to look into both of those!