For 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.
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 together over the course of 25 years, including:
- We published 30 major studies, including our landmark “State of the Evidence” reports.
- Working with legislators, we were able 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 8 we’ve sent to the Governor’s desk.
- 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.
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.
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.
Our founder, Andrea Ravinett Martin, was an amazing woman and inspirational leader. In addition to the legacy of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (formerly Breast Cancer Fund), which she founded in 1992, Andrea gave us important words and actions that guide us to this day – from the first climb of Mt Aconcagua with 16 other breast cancer survivors, to her belief that “with teamwork and perseverance anything is possible — if taken one step at a time”.
Andrea Ravinett grew up in Memphis, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University, and later earned a Masters degree in French from Tufts University. She moved to San Francisco in 1969 to teach.
During the 1970s, Andrea received her law degree from California Hastings Law School, where she wrote and edited for the law journal. She joined Crosby, Heafey, Roach and May where she practiced as a litigator until 1980. At that point, Andrea left her law practice behind to open a restaurant. She ran the well known and popular Memphis-style barbeque restaurant, Hog Heaven, for 6 years.
The late 80s and 1990s saw Andrea working for a variety of causes she cared about, in addition to raising her daughter, Mather. It was during this period that Andrea also received two diagnoses of breast cancer, each of which had a dire prognosis. She had just joined soon to be Senator Feinstein’s team as a member of the finance team when she received her second diagnosis of breast cancer.
It was during this time that Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) was born. Andrea became ever more involved with and passionate about taking on the public health crisis of breast cancer, and in particular, to advocating for the elimination of the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease.
In 1995, Andrea joined 16 other breast cancer survivors in what would become BCPP’s first “climb” – an ascent of the 23,000-foot Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes. This landmark effort, like all the other activities of the organization, were based on Andrea’s belief that death from breast cancer could be eradicated in our daughters’ lifetimes.
In 2001, Andrea was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She died two years later in August of 2003. Andrea was an inspiration to women and men around the world, and the work of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners continues to this day, thanks to her vision and leadership.