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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 11 local, state and federal laws. Most recent laws include two California bills addressing consumers’ right to know what is in the products they buy: SB 258– the first cleaning product ingredient disclosure legislation in the U.S. – and AB 2775 – a bill that requires product label ingredient disclosure for all professional nail, hair, and beauty salon products sold in California The impact of both of these laws will be felt 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 26 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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.