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Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

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Causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Health

Mission: Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

Results: Working with a wide variety of partners, we have made enormous gains since our founding: To date, we have published 33 major scientific reports and studies, including our landmark “State of the Evidence” reports. We are also the first to develop a comprehensive breast cancer primary prevention plan for California. We had a central leadership role in the passage of 15 local, state and federal laws. Most recent laws include three California bills that collectively set the stage for strong federal toxics reform. The California Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act (SB312) makes CA the first government in the world to require public disclosure of secret, hazardous fragrance and flavor ingredients and sets an important right-to know precedent by revealing the hazardous ingredients in personal care products. The Toxic Free Cosmetics Act (AB2762) is the first statewide product chemical ban in America. It bans 24 highly toxic chemicals in cosmetics in CA, all of which are already banned by the EU. And finally, the Eliminating PFAS in Firefighting Foam Act (SB1044) bans the sale and use of firefighting foam containing PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals and requires disclosure if the gear contains PFAS. Given CA’s market and policy influence, all three bills will help protect the health of homes across the nation. We have also secured an impressive amount of market based change on the part of the $84 billion cosmetics industry: eliminated the nail products industry’s use of the “toxic trio” of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene; secured commitments from major multinationals (i.e., Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson) to voluntarily disclose fragrance ingredients, and; drove out DEHP and DBP phthalates, triclosan, lead acetate and long chain parabens from the market. Through market pressure and legislation, we’ve eliminated the use of bisphenol A (BPA) – an endocrine disrupting compound – in several consumer products, including baby bottles, plastic drinking bottles, and food can linings. As seasoned advocates, we constantly work to build the base of public support necessary to convince policymakers to oppose the powerful chemical industry, get the supply chain cooperation needed to change markets, and educate consumers on why they should want and demand safer products. Each year we see a steady increase in consumer demand for safe products, a growing market to meet that demand, and positive change on the legislative and regulatory front. We believe that our many successes have proven that incremental change can result in important victories for environmental health. With your support, we will continue to increase the scientific and public conversation around breast cancer prevention, and in the process, we will transform how our nation thinks about and uses chemicals.

Programs: One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. It is in response to the alarming rates that BCPP was founded over 28 years ago. During our first decade, we, like other cancer organizations, focused on raising awareness of the prevalence of breast cancer, searching for a cure, providing access to care and support for people with a diagnosis. In 2001, we decided to fill a necessary gap and focus on prevention of the disease to ensure that the next generations would see declining rates of breast cancer. At that time and still today, our focus on prevention is unique, while most resources for breast cancer are focused on treatment and finding a cure. There are many reasons people get breast cancer, and there is a definitive body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer to chemicals in our everyday environment—chemicals in our food, our products, our air and our water. Unfortunately, due to weak safety standards very few chemicals are ever tested for their effects on our health and companies can hide the dangers of chemicals they put in the products they sell us. BCPP analyzes and translates the growing body of science linking breast cancer and environmental exposures, educates consumers about how to reduce their risk, convinces businesses to make safer products, and works to enact public health policies that reduce chemical exposures to protect everyone. We work to create a world where the environmental risk factors for breast cancer are eliminated and overall rates of breast cancer are reduced.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

My eldest daughter introduced me to BCPP a few years back and WOW...they completely amaze me. I've learned so much through their website and resources about environmental exposures and breast cancer. From making lifestyle and product changes, to reading in-depth science reports, to taking action and hiking for prevention, I'm all in as a BCPP supporter. As a mother of four daughters, I know that by donating to their work I'm helping create a better world for my girls.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about Breast Cancer Prevention Partners in 2003, when San Francisco introduced the Precautionary Principle. BCPP, then Breast Cancer Fund, was actively involved in drafting this ordinance. In the absence of conclusive evidence, “the burden lies with the producer to prove” a product is safe. For me, it just struck a chord and made so much sense. BCPP has also been instrumental in passing laws, which remove harmful chemicals from products. (When was the last time you bought a containing BPA?) Why is it that chemicals in beauty products are banned in the EU, but sold in the US? And the chemicals in the US-sold products are linked to cancer. The thing I appreciate the most about Breast Cancer Prevention Partners *is* their focus on prevention.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became involved with BCPP in 2007 when I joined the Climb Against the Odds fundraising event on Mt. Shasta. I was so impressed with the intelligence, integrity and compassion I witnessed in the staff that I was hooked and will be a lifelong supporter of their work. Coming from the natural foods and health and wellness industry, I completely resonate with their approach to eliminating exposure to toxics. I'm also impressed with the scope of work they are able to accomplish with a small staff and low administrative costs, changing laws and truly making a difference.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

BCPP is a leader in science based advocacy to PREVENT breast cancer. The organization is small but mighty in all the great work they do to identify and eliminate environmental causes of this devastating disease. From education to state and federal laws that improve our health, they are an effective and tireless group. BCPP has just released the first of its kind breast cancer prevention plan for the state of California. I am very excited for the implementation of this plan which will be a model for all other states working to decrease rates of breast cancer.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've been with this organization for over 9 years and I still cannot believe how effective we are given our size. We have changed the conversation on breast cancer prevention from purely looking at individual actions and genetics to looking at systemic interventions to reduce environmental exposures that are increasing the risk of breast cancer.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners after making a presentation to a group of 200, primarily African-American health care executives about the statistics that tell the story of health disparities - including the statistic that twice as many Black women die in the first five years post breast cancer diagnosis as White women. I drew attention to my personal story as a recent survivor of BC, and how my social determinants of health provided access to extraordinary care, in contrast to those who may lack the access to high quality health care providers, timely treatment, adequate insurance and all of the social supports required to work through difficult treatment. A member of the audience was a Board Member of BCPP, and after interviewing and proper vetting, I was invited to join the board. After spending 35+ years as a Principal at Deloitte, the largest professional services firm in the world where our high achieving people are our strength, I am tremendously impressed with the quality of both the full-time staff and our volunteer scientific panel and Board at BCPP. This group of highly dedicated professional scientists, researchers, writers, policy and governmental experts and leaders, are making a tremendous impact on the science and legal framework for changing the direction of breast cancer from cure of an increasing epidemic, to prevention. BCPP's work to eliminate toxic substances from the environment, everyday products, and the workplace will bend the curve on today's norm of 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer and with the health disparities in survival surrounding this disease. This is significant work we should all support, as the toxicants invading our food, water, household products, furniture, protective equipment and cosmetics cause not only breast cancer in women, but other cancers and diseases that impact all of us. BCPP's work improves our environment, the safety of our products, and public health while reducing health disparities. I am proud to work with BCPP, and choose to volunteer my time and my resources to this mighty team.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I couldn't be more proud of the strategic work that BCPP is championing at the intersection of prevention, social and environmental justice. The team maintains the utmost integrity, compassion and determination. I highly recommend getting involved with BCPP!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

When I first found BCPP back in 2002 I had major aha moment. BCPP's mission connected the health of the planet to the health of its people. I considered myself an environmentalist, but this was the first time that connection was made for me, and to this day, I couldn't agree more! BCPP is a small, but mighty organization - punching above its weight to help prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation. The organization is a leader in the field and the impact of people's donations and support is healthier people and a more protected planet. BCPP's focus on legislative laws to protect us and market-based campaigns that educate us is the one-two punch needed to move the needle on reducing rates of breast cancer.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners is an amazing organization focused on prevention. I love that the work we do is rooted deeply in science. The organization is led by smart, engaged, and caring individuals who are focused on adovacy and eliminating enviornmental issues which impact women and men around the globe. The science forward approach coupled with strong partnerships allows BCPP to have a voice at the table on issues of policy and access to best practices that work. An informed agenda to help move us towards preventing this terrible disease.

I've served as a Board member for two plus years. I joined because BCPP is committed and focused on prevention; there is a void of other voices in the prevention space. BCPP's leadership at the state and national level as well as their influence and partnership with consumer corporations is impressive. Thier mission is aligned with my values. I want to stop cancer before it starts as too many women in my circle of family and friends have been impacted by breast cancer.

BCPP's expanded reach to communities of color (learn from and with) is inspiring. We know too often that communities of color are in many cases disportionately impacted when diagnosed and their survival rates are much lower than white women. Prevention and access to good healthcare is key.

I know that the work that BCPP advances makes an impact.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every time I come in contact with the team at BCPP, I am blown away by what they are managing to accomplish with a relatively small staff. This organization is literally changing women's health as they fight and win to get harmful chemicals removed from our environment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BCPP is a great organization of motivated, compassionate, smart, and hard-working people who care about creating a healthier, more conscious world! I like staying educated on safe products and cancer-awareness events through their email subscriptions and Instagram. I love that they're women-led as well. All around a great company that makes me feel good about the progress that our society is capable of.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of this organization for 26 years. They are great at informing the public about the toxics in our environment and in our everyday products that are linked to breast cancer. The information on the website and other communications is so informative, it has helped me change out my family's products and pushed me to support legislation that will eliminate these toxic exposures.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Too many women have lost their lives to breast cancer. With only 10% of women having a genetic connection, I truly believe our environment and the toxic chemicals we are exposed to DAILY play a major role. BCPP is the only organization that I trust to give my dollars to in order to stop this disease before it starts!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners does a LOT of good work, especially considering how small the staff size is. They are one of the few breast cancer organizations focused on primary prevention of the disease (versus treatment and cures). 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than half of all breast cancers cannot be attributed to traditional risk factors (genetics, reproductive history and diet). Which means we need to look and see what environmental exposures are out there that are contributing to this disease.

Love how BCPP strongly ties their advocacy work with science. They've also created big changes over the years with their market-campaigns - like phthalates ban in kids toys and BPA removal from the majority of canned goods.

Emily R.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BCPP's scientific research cuts through a lot of the fake, the pseudo-science on the web, and gets real about the toxic chemicals that are scientifically proven to cause harm and increase breast cancer risk. Thanks BCPP!

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been supporting this non-profit for almost 18 years. They are one of the only breast cancer organizations focused solely on prevention of the disease, which is crucial to reducing the odds for 1 in 8 women. I have been tracking their progress and they have been incredibly effective in reducing our exposure to toxic chemicals linked to the disease, through their legislative advocacy and market campaigns. It has been well worth the investment, but there is still a lot of work to do, so I would encourage people to support them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love BCPP! They are the only organization that focuses on breast cancer prevention and eliminating our toxic environmental exposures.

Markszachary

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Brain Cancer Fund is doing exceptional work by making prevention a public health priority. I applaud the efforts of the Breast Cancer Fund for making a real difference by focusing on big-picture solutions in efforts to sustain life. I am a firm believer in employing the precautionary principle because it is better to be safe than sorry.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Breast Cancer Fund has focused for years on working towards eliminating environmental chemicals that are linked to breast cancer. Their State of the Evidence publication is a wealth of information. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics made the public aware of what toxic ingredients companies are using. As a lactation educator and breastfeeding advocate, I was involved with their efforts to establish a state biomonitoring program. This took 3 or 4 years of hard work, but it finally passed. I strongly believe in their focus on environmental toxins contributing to breast cancer. I appreciate their efforts to work towards our children not being exposed to chemicals through having safe toys and BPA-free products.