Dr. Susan Love, surgeon and breast health advocate, has died at the age of 75

Dr. Love is survived by his wife, Dr. Helen Sperry Cooksey, a surgeon whom she married in San Francisco in 2004 during a brief period when same-sex marriages were performed there, before California balloting made them illegal in 2008 and she also survives. Their daughter, Katie Button Love Cooksey, who was adopted by her mother in 1993 Dr. Love was the biological mother. Both women raised her from birth—the first time given to a same-sex couple in Massachusetts. In addition, Dr. Love is survived by two sisters, Christine Adcock and Elizabeth Love, and a brother, Michael James Love.

Today about A quarter of a million new cases of breast cancer It is diagnosed every year. Although the disease’s survival rate is higher than it was in the past, its cause has not been definitively determined, and the preventive strike that Dr. Love dreamed of has yet to be taken.

Technology pioneered by Dr. Love, known as Ductal lavagePatients can be screened for breast cancer risk. Ductal lavage removes cells from the breast milk ducts, where breast cancer often originates, so that they can be analyzed for abnormalities that indicate a higher risk of the disease. But this technology is cumbersome, time-consuming, and expensive, and it is not widely used.

It includes books by Dr. The Other Love “Dr. Susan Love’s Book of Hormones” (1997, co-written with Mrs. Lindsay), reissued in 2003 as “Dr. Susan Love’s Book of Menopause and Hormones.”

If in the course of her work Dr. Love aroused the hostility of some members of her profession – a collateral consequence, as she saw it, if not an inevitable one.

“One of the comments I most appreciated came from a colleague of mine in Boston,” Dr. Love told the Montreal Gazette in 1996. “He always thought I was a kid”The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the person who says, “Hey, wait a minute, there are no clothes in there.” “And this is the role that I enjoy the most.”

Maya Coleman Contribute to the preparation of reports.