American Association for Cancer Research

Press Releases: 2008

AACR Joins Love/Avon Army of Women for Breast Cancer Prevention

November 11, 2008

American Association for Cancer Research named as the scientific collaborator of the Love/Avon Army of Women Program

PHILADELPHIA - The American Association for Cancer Research announced today that it will provide scientific expertise to Love/Avon Army of Women. A longtime leader in cancer prevention research, the AACR is the official scientific collaborator to this groundbreaking initiative. The Love/Avon Army of Women seeks to link more than one million women volunteers with cancer researchers across the country to discover the causes of breast cancer and aid in its prevention. Women interested in participating in this effort are asked to enroll by signing up on a special website. Healthy women of every age and ethnicity, including breast cancer survivors and women at high-risk for the disease, are eligible.

The AACR Love/Avon Army partnership will formally kick off at a press conference to be held at the AACR's Seventh Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research on Monday, November 17, at 8:30 a.m., in the Azalea 2 room at the Gaylord Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria Virginia. A distinguished panel of AACR leaders and breast cancer experts will be available to discuss the importance of developing new approaches to preventing breast cancer, an area of primary interest for the Love/Avon Army.

Panel members will include:

  • Ernest Hawk, M.D., M.P.H., vice president for Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. As a leader in the American Association for Cancer Research, he currently serves as senior editor for Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention and as deputy editor for Cancer Prevention Research, two of AACR's prominent journals.
  • Christine Brunswick, a seven-year breast cancer survivor, is Vice President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the Chair of its International Committee. Christine has represented NBCC at various international conferences, including the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.
  • Susan Love, M.D., President of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is known worldwide as one of the founding mothers of the breast cancer advocacy movement and sits on the Board of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and was appointed by President Clinton to the National Cancer Advisory Board.

(Reporters who are unable to attend the news conference can call in to 886.394.1582, ID 72285666).

In its role as official scientific collaborator for the Love/Avon Army of Women initiative, the AACR will contribute to the review of the research projects. AACR member physicians and scientists working in the field of breast cancer research will occupy eight seats on the Scientific Advisory Committee and one seat on the Steering Committee. Through these positions, the AACR will assist in major decision making regarding the policies, direction and vision of the project, and in the review of requests from scientists seeking permission to solicit volunteers from the Love/Avon Army of Women for their breast cancer research studies.

"The AACR has demonstrated a strong and enduring commitment to cancer prevention through its highly cited scientific journals and renowned international meetings, most recently with the launch of a sixth journal Cancer Prevention Research. We are honored to work with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation on this unique and important project that will undoubtedly strengthen breast cancer prevention research and save lives," said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Initiative Details

Access to the Love/Avon Army of Women is provided solely to investigators who have a peer-reviewed study. Scientists apply to the Love/Avon Army of Women for the opportunity to recruit volunteers for their research. Their studies undergo a thorough scientific, safety and ethical review by expert scientists including members of AACR. An e-mail describing approved research projects is sent to the Army of Women volunteers with information about the study. Those who are interested then participate in a more thorough process to determine their eligibility. Selected participants who meet the criteria are instructed on how to contact the researcher or a designated Army of Women research center. Through this rigorous but expedient process, the Army of Women provides researchers with unprecedented access to qualified volunteers. Interested researchers can learn more at

The researchers conducting studies through the Love/Avon Army of Women will share their data and report to the women involved. The AACR realizes the importance of collaboration and sharing of knowledge in the field of cancer research. Forums for the presentation of research conducted through the Army of Women will be offered at the AACR's major scientific meetings and in its highly cited, peer-reviewed Cancer Prevention Research journal.

The Love/Avon Army of Women is the vision of Dr. Susan Love, with support from the Avon Foundation, to change the paradigm of current breast cancer research, and encourage researchers to expand their focus from treating breast cancer to understanding what causes normal breast cells to become cancer cells and ultimately prevent breast cancer before it starts.

The unique impact of the Love/Avon Army of Women is that it serves as an online resource providing researchers much-needed and unprecedented "just in time" access to healthy women - a critical component to prevention research. At the same time, the program offers women the opportunity to play a significant, direct role in helping eradicate breast cancer. Virtually all women not currently undergoing breast cancer treatment, including healthy women, breast cancer survivors, and women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer, can enroll in the Army of Women online at

The AACR encourages its members to become involved as researchers and as members of the Army of Women, to support the project in coordination with the mission of the AACR.

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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, AACR is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes more than 28,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and 80 other countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 17,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care. The AACR publishes five major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The AACR's most recent publication and its sixth major journal, Cancer Prevention Research, is dedicated exclusively to cancer prevention, from preclinical research to clinical trials. The AACR also publishes CR, a magazine for cancer survivors and their families, patient advocates, physicians and scientists. CR provides a forum for sharing essential, evidence-based information and perspectives on progress in cancer research, survivorship and advocacy.

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