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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


The Breast Cancer Fund is founded by Andrea Martin.



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

Works with Senator Dianne Feinstein to establish breast cancer stamp.


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

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


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


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.


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


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


Jeanne Rizzo assumes leadership.

Organization focuses mission on environmental causes of breast cancer.


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.


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.


Co-founds the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.


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.


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.


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.


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

Helps secure passage of California Safer Consumer Product law.

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


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


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.


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.


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


Helps successfully implement the California Safer Consumer Products Program.

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!


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


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.


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.

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.


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

Convinces Procter & Gamble to adopt an ambitious fragrance ingredient disclosure policy for its consumer products portfolio, including beauty and cleaning products.

Leads winning campaign to secure passage of the California Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, the first law in the nation requiring disclosure of cleaning product ingredients on labels and websites, including secret fragrance chemicals.

Successfully concludes a 9 year campaign to win full implementation of a 2008 federal ban on phthalates in kids toys and childcare articles.

Publishes the seventh edition of State of the Evidence: An Update on the Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment in the journal Environmental Health.


Publishes two papers on work and female breast cancer in the journal New Solutions.

Leads winning campaign to secure passage of the California Salon Product Ingredient Disclosure Act (AB 2775).

BCPP partners with Black Women For Wellness and Silent Spring Institute to lead a congressional hearing on the State of the Evidence publication.

Successfully petitions the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban seven cancer-causing flavorings from food.

Releases landmark report Right to Know: Exposing toxic fragrance chemicals in beauty, personal care and cleaning products.

Convinces multinational companies, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson, to adopt fragrance ingredient disclosure policies.

Jeanne Rizzo, President and CEO of BCPP, retires from the organization after 17 years of leadership.


A Tribute to Jeanne Rizzo

Jeanne Rizzo has led Breast Cancer Prevention Partners on our quest to prevent breast cancer before it starts for the past 17 years. She is retiring from the organization at the end of 2018. BCPP is celebrating our past, present and future, while honoring the impact that Jeanne has had on BCPP.

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