Each year, 1.5 million women in the world are diagnosed with breast cancer. Approximately one hundred eighty-two thousand of them live in the United States.
As difficult as it is to comprehend those figures, what lies behind them is something that cannot be reduced to a cold, hard fact: the pain and suffering of those women and that of their families. It is, quite simply, immeasurable. It is also something that we believe you also understand all too well.
As a physician, Dr. Richard Love of the University of Wisconsin had become increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress in combating breast cancer. Research in the United States had become both a low priority and prohibitively expensive. His concern was shared by a number of other cancer physicians and in 1993 they founded the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation (IBCRF).
|Dr. Love on radio station, WTDY in Madison, WI|
The high ethical standards of IBCRF research were recognized by the award of the 1997 Westerman Prize in Clinical Research Ethics from the American Federation for Medical Research.
We believe there are three goals in doing the kinds of medical research we do with IBCRF.
The first is finding better interventions that people can get everywhere.
A second goal is an ethical- humanitarian-moral one: showing people everywhere that we care and making ourselves better people by giving.
A third goal is a medical diplomacy goal—working with people around the world on the common challenges of breast cancer establishes our connectedness as human beings. When we are better connected we are all safer.