October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and lots of people buy pink-colored items, participate in charity 5Ks and donate money – all in the name of breast cancer research. But not a lot of people may think about who's behind the research.
At MSU, one of the researchers is Sandra Haslam, professor of physiology and director of MSU’s Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center. She has dedicated her entire career to finding out not only what effective treatments are, but also what some of the causes of breast cancer are so the disease can be prevented.
Haslam loves her work because she feels she has the ability to really change people’s lives.
“The idea that I can make a difference in someone’s life by finding out how to improve the treatment of the disease, and the prevention of a disease is the favorite part of my job,” she said. “In my case the disease is breast cancer.”