Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

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Mission Statement

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

Description

For over 25 years, we have been the leading science-based policy and advocacy organization working to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation. Our focus is on the intersection of breast cancer prevention and environmental health.

History

Founded in 1992 by Andrea Ravinett Martin (1947 – 2003), we have grown to become one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the public health crisis of breast cancer, with an unwavering focus on prevention.
Working with a wide variety of partners, including people like you, we have made enormous gains, including:
  • Published 33 major studies, including our landmark “State of the Evidence” reports.
  • Worked with legislators to increase the Center for Disease Control’s Environmental Health Budget by 300%.
  • California signed into law a medical radiation bill, sponsored by us. One of 11 bills we’ve signed into law.
  • Campbell’s announced a bisphenol A (BPA) phase-out, one of our major initiatives.
  • Johnson & Johnson committed to Safer Cosmetics worldwide.
  • Walmart and Target adopted Safe Chemicals policies.
  • Since 1995 our climbs have brought over 500 women and men together to climb the highest peaks in support of our organization and our mission.
On March 6, 2017 Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) changed its name to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP), a better reflection of who we are and what we do. We adopted a new name and a new look, but our mission and commitment remains the same: to prevent breast cancer through our work with partners like you.
Over the years we’ve been a part of so many important victories with you at our side. Looking ahead our work is more important than ever before. There is so much more to do.

Our Vision

As a result of our work, we envision a world in which:
  • We live without fear of losing our breasts or our lives as a result of what we’ve eaten, touched or breathed because the environmental causes of breast cancer have been identified and eliminated.
  • Most breast cancer can be prevented, while safe detection and treatment of the disease are the standard and available to all.
  • We have succeeded in informing and mobilizing a public that is unrelenting and holds government and business accountable for contaminating our bodies and our environment.
  • Public policy protects our health and is guided by the principle that credible evidence of harm rather than proof of harm is sufficient to mandate policy changes in the public’s best interest.
  • We have done justice to the women and men whose struggle and dedication inspired our resolve.

Program Details

At BCPP we are working to transform how everyone thinks about and uses chemicals and radiation in order to protect our health, prevent breast cancer and sustain life. To see our current intiatives, visit our action page: https://www.bcpp.org/take-action/, and if you'd rather join us in person, see our list of current events here: https://www.bcpp.org/get-involved/events/.
Most recently, we've accomplished the following intiatives:

California Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan

BCPP is in the final stages of developing a first-ever, comprehensive Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan for California. With a strong foundation of science and input from many stakeholders, including academics, government regulators, non-profit organizations, and community leaders, we are creating a policy agenda to reduce breast cancer risk factors in California. In 2019, we shared our process and unique findings with physicians, cancer researchers, breast cancer scientists, advocates, community partners, and government leaders. The next step is to bring this plan to life by working with local leaders to develop projects that will improve the health and wellbeing of their communities and also reduce the impact of breast cancer statewide. This plan will serve as a model for prevention efforts across the country.

Behind the Science Video Series

Science is the foundation of everything we do at BCPP. That’s why this past year we brought you the Behind the Science video series. Each episode features a member of our Science Advisory Panel, which consists of the most esteemed scientists and physicians in the breast cancer and environmental health fields. This unique online series offers exclusive interviews on breast cancer, health-protective info, and tips that you can trust. In our first three episodes, we’ve covered topics such as adult and prenatal chemical exposures, endocrine disruptors, reducing our toxic exposures, chemicals of concern for breast cancer, toxic hot spots around highly impacted communities, firefighters’ breast cancer risks, and more. Watch now!

Safe Personal Care Products for Everyone

In 2019, BCPP advanced the CA Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2019. This one-of-a kind bill has the potential to reform fragrance disclosure on both state and national levels and set an important right-to-know precedent by prohibiting companies from claiming trade secret protections for any hazardous fragrance ingredients in their cosmetic products. While the bill did not pass in 2019, our work to educate legislators and build a strong coalition of NGOs and business supporters laid the groundwork for our plan to reintroduce and pass the bill in 2020.
In addition, BCPP worked with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) to advance the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019 , a comprehensive bill we consider to be the gold standard for federal cosmetic safety policy reform. With our help, the bill already has gained 26 congressional co-sponsors since its introduction in August. We also worked closely with Rep.Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) to help craft federal legislation that will address false marketing claims made by companies selling “natural” beauty and personal care products.

2020 Cleaning Product Ingredient Disclosure

On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (SB 258). This BCPP-sponsored, historic law made California the first state to require the ingredients in cleaning products—particularly chemicals harmful to human health and the environment—to be listed on both product labels and online. Even fragrance ingredients that have long been held secret will now be publicly disclosed. On January 1, 2020, this law’s online ingredient disclosure goes into effect, which will allow consumers to easily find out exactly what chemicals are in the products they are bringing home to their families. Thanks to CA’s large purchasing power and the accessibility of web-based disclosure, this requirement will make cleaning products across the country safer for everyone!
Primary Issue
Pollution
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1388 Sutter Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States
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