Our mission is to support research efforts to achieve the primary prevention of breast and ovarian cancers. The focus of our lobby efforts is to obtain federal funding for a “Women’s Health Initiative” to facilitate clinical trials for the primary immune prevention of breast and ovarian cancer in otherwise healthy,
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In the Beginning...
Sisters4Prevention was founded in 2010 by Judy Fitzgerald. Our initial mission was to raise funds to support the preventive vaccine that was developed by Dr. Vincent K. Tuohy at the Cleveland Clinic's Learner Research Institute in Ohio. I learned of the vaccine from a news bulletin depicting Dr. Tuohy's presentation before Congress. I began raising funds for Dr. Tuohy and joined with four other women to use social media and coordinate efforts to obtain the funds needed to begin clinical trials.
December 21, 2020
Thank you to everyone who supported our cause and believed in Dr. Tuohy's science. Ten long years and the struggle to change the paradigm from treatment to prevention has finally come to fruition. We are hopeful that this will be lifesaving for women facing this disease and eventually be used for the primary prevention of Breast Cancer. With the recent FDA approval of the Investigational New Drug application, clinical trials are expected to begin in second or third quarter of 2021. This will finally bring Dr. Tuohy's work from bench to bedside.
Where we need to go
Currently The National Cancer Institute spends 3 times more money on cancer treatment research than on cancer prevention. This skewed funding bias reflects the emphasis on treating adult onset cancers rather than on preventing them. Prevention is essential for the common good for women’s health. This is a serious deficit in our healthcare system, and threatens the overall health of women. We feel the time is now to address this need. Without funding, promising work to prevent these lethal diseases will go unfunded. Our new mission is to lobby Congressional Representatives to allocate monies for prevention research.
With rising health care costs and rising numbers of patients, the time has come to change the paradigm from treatment to prevention.