Dr. Susan Love’s ‘Army of Women’ to beat breast cancer

Breast cancer expert Dr. Susan Love

Breast cancer expert Dr. Susan Love (Photo: Michal Czerwonka for The New York Times)

BY VICTORIA A. BROWNWORTH
Curve

Dr. Susan Love has been the voice on breast cancer in America for two decades. The author of the groundbreaking bestseller, “Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book,” now in its fifth edition, she’s also the founder and president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes and funds breast cancer research.

Love thinks the American obsession with breasts has gotten in the way of re-directing breast cancer treatment and research. “I did some media around [the Jolie story],” she explains. “The people most horrified by her story were the men: ‘Omigod, her wonderful breasts!’ But Jolie was forced by our lack of options to choose something that has so many side effects. This is not a benign surgery.” Love’s determined to get us there. She’s founded the Army of Women project in partnership with the Avon Foundation for Women (they’re paying for it). The goal is to gather one million women (Love is currently at just under 400,000) to study breast cancer. Women can help fight breast cancer by spending 10 minutes filling out the questionnaire at armyofwomen.org.

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