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Accomplishments

Celebrating 25 Years of Working to Prevent Breast Cancer

Our current groundbreaking work to prevent breast cancer is built on a solid foundation of accomplishments over the past 25 years.

Early Years

1992

The Breast Cancer Fund is founded by Andrea Martin.

 

1994

Secures passage of California’s 2-cent cigarette tax to fund breast cancer research.

Works with Senator Dianne Feinstein to establish breast cancer stamp.

1995

Hosts the first Climb Against the Odds, Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina.

Organizes the first Peak Hike on Mt. Tamalpais, California. Subsequent annual hikes since.

1997

Honors the first Breast Cancer Fund Heroes. Fifty-seven Heroes have been honored to date.

1998

Holds Climb Against the Odds, Mt. Mckinley, Alaska, subject of an award-winning documentary and book.

Produces Art.Rage.Us., The Art and Rage of Breast Cancer, a book, exhibit and world tour.

1999

Secures $14 million for Centers for Disease Control biomonitoring to help identify the environmental causes of breast cancer.

2000

Launches Obsessed with Breasts public-awareness ad campaign. “Society is obsessed with breasts, but what are we doing about breast cancer?”

Hosts Climb Against the Odds, Mt. Fuji, Japan.

Mission Focus

2001

Jeanne Rizzo assumes leadership.

Organization focuses mission on environmental causes of breast cancer.

2002

Helps organize first International Summit on Breast Cancer and the Environment.

Publishes first edition of State of the Evidence. Subsequent editions published in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

2003

Founder Andrea Martin passes away.

Organizes Climb Against the Odds on Mt. Shasta, Calif. Subsequent Shasta expeditions in 2004 and 2006-2017.

Helps draft and secure passage of San Francisco Precautionary Principle Ordinance, leading to city-wide sustainable, healthy purchasing policies.

2004

Co-founds the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

2005

Leads winning campaign to secure medical radiation safety law in California.

Leads winning campaign to secure California Safe Cosmetics Act.

Convinces L’Oréal and Revlon to globally reformulate their cosmetics products to remove unsafe ingredients.

Organizes Climb Against the Odds, Mt. Rainier, Washington.

2006

Leads winning campaign to secure California law that creates the nation’s first statewide biomonitoring program.

Convinces OPI to remove the most toxic ingredients from its nail polishes.

2007

Publishes The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls: What We Know, What We Need to Know by Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.

Leads winning campaign to secure California law banning phthalates from toys.

2008

Secures $5 million in CDC funding for state biomonitoring programs.

Leads winning campaign to secure California Safer Consumer Product laws.

Leads winning campaign to secure federal ban on phthalates in toys.

2009

Publishes peer-reviewed version of State of the Evidence in International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.

2010

Co-releases online video sensation The Story of Cosmetics.

Contributes to groundbreaking report by the President’s Cancer Panel, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now.

2011

Publishes with Silent Spring Institute BPA Dietary Study in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Launches Cans Not Cancer campaign to get BPA out of canned food.

Convinces Johnson & Johnson to remove carcinogens from baby care line.

Supports winning campaign to secure California ban on BPA in baby bottles.

2012

Leads winning campaign to secure an FDA ban on BPA in baby bottles.

2013

Leads passage and implementation of the Safer Consumer Products Program in California.

Invited to testify before Congress about the need to reform Toxic Control Substances Act (TSCA): our broken chemicals management program.

California launches the Safe Cosmetics Program database, which BCPP took a lead in passing in 2005.

Is featured in numerous high profile documentaries, including The Human Experiment and Stink!

2014

UCSF hails Campaign for Safe Cosmetics as a factor in moving cosmetic companies away from phthalates and decreasing people’s exposure to certain phthalates.

2015

American Public Health Association cites Working Women and Breast Cancer: State of the Evidence as influential in studying occupational exposure related to breast cancer.

Founding partner in visionary Cancer Free Economy Network.

2016

Awarded grant to lead the development of California’s first comprehensive breast cancer primary prevention plan.

Releases Buyer Beware looking at the use of BPA and BPA alternatives in the lining of canned food.

2017

Convinces Unilever to adopt a new ingredient transparency initiative for home and personal care products.

New Look, Same Commitment

Breast Cancer Fund becomes Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, with a new look and the same unwavering commitment to prevent breast cancer.

BCPP celebrates 25 years.

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BCPP: We are Partners

Celebrating 25 years working to prevent breast cancer.