About Us


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

Celebrating 25 Years of Working to Prevent Breast Cancer

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.

1994 Works with Senator Dianne Feinstein to establish breast cancer stamp.

1995 Hosts the first Climb Against the Odds, Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina.

1995 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.

1998 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?”

2000 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.

2002 Publishes first edition of State of the Evidence. Subsequent editions published in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

2003 Founder Andrea Martin passes away.

2003 Organizes Climb Against the Odds on Mt. Shasta, Calif. Subsequent Shasta expeditions in 2004 and 2006-2017.

2003 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.

2005 Leads winning campaign to secure California Safe Cosmetics Act.

2005 Convinces L’Oréal and Revlon to globally reformulate their cosmetics products to remove unsafe ingredients.

2005 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.

2006 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.

2007 Leads winning campaign to secure California law banning phthalates from toys.

2008 Secures $5 million in CDC funding for state biomonitoring programs.

2008 Leads winning campaign to secure California Safer Consumer Product laws.

2008 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 Releases online video sensation The Story of Cosmetics.

2010 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.

2011 Launches Cans Not Cancer campaign to get BPA out of canned food.

2011 Convinces Johnson & Johnson to remove carcinogens from baby care line.

2011 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.

2013 Invited to testify before Congress about the need to reform Toxic Control Substances Act (TSCA): our broken chemicals management program.

2013 California launches the Safe Cosmetics Program database, which BCPP took a lead in passing in 2005.

2013 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.

2015 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.

2016 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

2017 Breast Cancer Fund becomes Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, with a new look and the same unwavering commitment to prevent breast cancer.

Climb Against the Odds 2017

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