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Army of Women®

Bringing Together Researchers and People to Advance the Work

The Army of Women is changing the face of breast cancer research by helping scientists recruit volunteers needed for their studies. Since its inception, the goal of the program has been to help researchers transition from experiments on mice and rats to women of every ethnicity, with and without breast cancer, and those at high risk. This is important because most animals do not naturally develop breast cancer and what happens to animals in the lab does not always translate into what happens in people.

This year we built and nurtured the critical relationship between researchers and willing participants in many different types of studies. Studies range from those investigating the causes of breast cancer and how to prevent it, to quality of life issues experienced during and after treatment, to drugs for prevention or treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Army of Women members donate time, blood, tissue samples, and more, all to further research addressing crictical questions to build a better understanding of breast cancer.

2015 - 2016

PARTICIPATION: 9,034 Army of Women members signed up to participate in a study

NEW MEMBERSHIP: 1,934 new members joined the Army - more than 670 of those joined aftering hearing about it from a friend, family member, or colleague

RESEARCHERS: 57 new researchers registered to participate

STUDIES: 16 new studies were opened for recruitment and 10 studies were closed

"Over and over I've heard scientists lament how difficult it is for them to find the volunteers they need for research studies. I've long believed that helping scientists overcome this obstacle would accelerate our understanding of what causes breast cancer and how to end it. By responding to this need, the Army of Women will change the face of breast cancer research."

—Susan Love, MD, MBA Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

View our Army of Women Researcher Brochure and share it with your colleagues here!

For Participants

Impact breast cancer research and join the Army TODAY!

  1. Register to indicate your interest in learning about active research studies
  2. Receive our “Call to Action” emails
  3. Answer the emails to apply for studies that interest you
  4. If you meet the criteria, the research team will contact you with next steps

For Research Teams

Types of breast cancer studies we recruit for:

  • Translational or clinical studies requiring blood, urine, saliva, breast fluid, or breast tissue samples
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Prevention studies
  • Metastatic studies
  • Quality of life studies