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Breast cancer free, survivor searches for origin of illness

Ellie Anbinder was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991. After seeing no signs of cancer for nearly 20 years, Anbinder wasn't satisfied with just being a survivor. She wanted to get to the root cause of the disease.

According to BU Today, a Boston University publication, Anbinder's organization, the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation, has awarded $85,000 in research grants over the last decade.

Anbinder was particularly perplexed by her diagnosis because she lived a healthy lifestyle, had no family history of breast cancer and always had annual mammograms. Researchers who receive grants from her foundation are busy investigating the environmental causes of the disease.

"I kept having this feeling that breast cancer came from somewhere outside of my body," she told the news source.

Anbinder and her best friend, Joyce Creiger, started the foundation to get to the bottom of this medical mystery and to help those with breast cancer in the future.

This year, the grassroots organization is planning a surge in fundraising to further support cancer research.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. More than 200,000 women in the country are diagnosed each year, and 40,598 women succumbed to the disease in 2007.
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