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.
You can read more about about “Paws for the Cause” and see photos from the event on the Medomak Valley All-Sports Boosters Facebook page.
All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition want to thank all the athletes, their parents, coaches, the booster organizers and all the other volunteers who made this event possible!
Photo, left to right: John Murphy and Gayle Murphy, organizers and sponsors; Matt Lash, MVHS athletic director; Michelle DePatie, Boosters president; Pam Sirois, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition board chair; Carol Beagan, MBCC treasurer
During this past October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maine Staffing Group invited their flaggers in Maine and New Hampshire to participate in a Pink Hard Hat fundraising campaign. All proceeds from the campaign were matched by Project Flagging and were donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition in Sharon’s name. All flaggers received a pink hard hat to wear for the month of October to show their support.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful for the generosity of Maine Staffing Group and all of the flaggers who took part in the Project Flagging Pink Hard Hat campaign. Our hearts go out to Sharon Burns’s family and friends. We are honored to accept the $5,000 donation to our Support Service Fund in Sharon's name.
Photo, left to right: Richard Holden, Maine Staffing Group Managing Partner; Ursula H. Bernier, Northern Regional Manager; Barbara Mahoney, Managing Partner; Laurel Bezanson, MBCC volunteer; Mark Burns, Managing Partner; Shannon Strickland, Southern Regional Manager