Spread the love! Fun Valentine’s gift ideas from BCPP’s partners. Treat someone special to a gift, or even better – yourself – this Valentine’s Day!Read More
Spread the love! Fun Valentine’s gift ideas from BCPP’s partners
Purchases support our prevention work
Love is in the air. Treat someone special to a gift, or even better – yourself – this Valentine’s Day! Our partners in prevention are bringing you safer products that value your health and the planet this V-Day and all year round. Check out the lovely products below!
Vibrant Body Company designs clean intimates: bras, tops and underwear. Always free from harmful toxics. Always wireless. Always silky-soft and supportive. Now through March 15, Vibrant Body Company will donate $20 for each bra sold and give you $10 off of our $69 price.
At GoodLight Candles, our mission is to provide truly affordable clean-burning candles while contributing to positive change in the world. This Valentine’s Day, we are partnering with select retailers to offer two limited edition “Love” candles scented with our popular Fig Grapefruit blend.
We are contributing $1 from the sale of every Love apothecary jar candle and $0.50 from the sale of every Love tin, to BCPP. See where they’re sold near you!
The best part of Valentine’s Day is Valentine’s Night. Our all-natural OBGYN-approved intimate moisturizer makes “getting shot by Cupid’s Arrow” less painful and more pleasurable. How? By promoting natural self-lubrication with nutrients that nourish the intimate collagen and elastin.
We love and support BCPP’s mission, and we sponsor them as 1% for the Planet members.
“Prevention is the most sustainable way to support women’s breast health. We must start by eliminating toxic exposure and encouraging self-care.” Joanne Starkman, Co-founder and President, Innersense. Show some self-love and self-care this Valentine’s Day and gift yourself Innersense Organic Beauty!
Innersense is proud to partner year-round with BCPP.
REMINDER: These products come from fabulous companies that financially support our efforts to prevent breast cancer, so purchases you make also support BCPP!
You can also donate directly to prevent breast cancer.
“As a survivor, I don’t want any more women to suffer this disease…Read More
Post by BCPP Volunteer & Breast Cancer Survivor Andrea Dannenberg
In 2021, I doubt there are many Americans who aren’t aware of “Pink October” aka “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” The marketing for that annual event is amazing. I give corporate America and the organizations behind this annual event a lot of credit.
But as a breast cancer survivor, I must admit that it makes me cringe. I kind of dread it. It seemingly glamorizes an awful illness that is in no way pretty, pink or glamorous. At the same time, companies profit off us breast cancer patients and survivors: do we really know where those funds go and if they really are funding “awareness” or if “awareness” is really what needs funding? We all see it. So now let’s DO something already!
For me, February’s Breast Cancer Prevention Month is so much more important. It is critical. As a survivor, I don’t want any more women to suffer this disease. I made it through cancer treatment, but the side effects are lifelong. They aren’t easy. My life is forever changed by this diagnosis. I live with pain. My body is maimed. I live with constant fear that my cancer could return. Because, although early-stage breast cancer is treatable, there still is no cure for breast cancer. For some of us, it will return. In fact, more than 40,000 Americans die from breast cancer annually.
When I received my diagnosis 3 years ago, I spent countless hours wondering “Why me?” Like most breast cancer patients, I don’t have one of the genetic mutations associated with breast cancer risk. None of my relatives had breast cancer. I was in my 30s and fit—I led a healthier lifestyle than most probably do. Did I do something wrong? Was it my diet? Was it pesticides? Did I not exercise enough? Maybe it was the secondhand smoke I was exposed to as a child. Our minds don’t handle the unknown well. We naturally seek explanations.
But my own (maybe irrational) desire for answers to my unanswerable questions and my hope that others can avoid this awful diagnosis brought me to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. I’m driven to support BCPP’s work to identify breast cancer causes AND address them. The groundbreaking Paths to Prevention: California Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan identifies 23 breast cancer risk factors and interventions which can help mitigate those risks.
While some of these risk factors can be addressed by us individually, many require societal changes and actions by our policymakers. But each action, each improvement, gets us closer to preventing another person from facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
If you’re wondering what you can do this Breast Cancer Prevention Month, please consider the following:
- Read Paths to Prevention and consider changes you can make to lower our own risk and ways you can advocate for change in your community to protect those around you.
- Visit BCPP’s Take Action page and join in, supporting legislative changes that reduce breast cancer risk and grow the movement for safer beauty, food, and homecare products.
- Sign up for BCPP’s emails to learn about future actions and BCPP campaigns.
- Refer a friend! Urge your loved ones to check out our work and get involved too!
- Download shopping tools, such as Clearya, that empower you to make conscious decisions as a consumer to avoid toxic, carcinogenic products.
Consider donating to support BCPP’s work to identify and eliminate environmental causes of breast cancer.
“Through BCPP, I have become an advocate, and by climbing mountains I hope to be a positive influence on others facing what I and so many others face when dealing with breast cancer. “Read More
Mary Ann Castimore, Mt. Rainier 2005
“Through BCPP, I have become an advocate, and by climbing mountains I hope to be a positive influence on others facing what I and so many others face when dealing with breast cancer. I stand on a summit with prayer flags in hand to convey the message of hope and remembrance: hope of a cure, of a long life, of a good quality of life, of a cancer-free world for the future; remembrance for all those who lost the battle.”Mary Ann Castimore
Japanese Alps Trip 2007
Note from BCPP Director of Development Julie Pofsky
Mary Ann Castimore “MAC” was a fierce warrior in her battle against breast cancer. Diagnosed in 1986, she lived hard over 30 years past diagnosis. A member of the original guard at BCPP, MAC began her journey with us on Climb Against the Odds on Mt. McKinley in 1998. With the love and support of our BCPP community, she passed the day after Christmas on December 26, 2020. Rest in peace Mary Ann. This is our tribute to you, lionheart and dragon.
A letter to our community from your close friends:
To our BCPP Family,
It is with great sadness that we write with the news of the passing of another great warrior/heroine. Mary Ann Castimore ascended from these earthly bounds on December 26.
She was a survivor extraordinaire, having been initially diagnosed in 1986 and in 1995 with mets. Undaunted by her decades long war against metastatic breast cancer, Mary Ann defied logic and science, never letting her cancer limit or define her.
She signed onto the Denali Climb in 1996 and in 1998 with mets to her sternum climbed higher than any other survivor. The following year she returned to “The Great One” with her husband, John and made it to 19,000 feet.
She was a guide on BCPP’s Climb Against the Odds: Mt. Fuji in 2000 and was instrumental in growing a relationship with our Japanese climbing friends. She, Cat, Iris, and Diane continued the outreach to our Japanese sisters, setting up a climb in the Japanese Alps in 2007, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 2010, and lastly in the Adirondacks, climbing the Saranac 6 in 2017. The Japanese repaid the invitations by inviting us back for climbs in the Japanese Alps and Mt. Fuji.
Mac was also part of the first Mt Shasta Climb in 2003 and the Mt Rainier Climb in 2005. Mac was the rudder in our boat, with the heart of a lioness and the will of forged steel she was a natural to lead the way.
Perhaps, because breast cancer was a part of more than half her life she truly had mastered what we all strive for, “to live life to its fullest, leaving nothing on the table.”
To paraphrase a poem by Jack London, succinctly sums up Mary Ann, “I would rather be ashes than dust, I would rather be a meteor than a star to flash across the sky in a fleeting moment of glory than to remain sedentary for all my life.”
Of course, we will always have an emptiness in our lives without her but we will also carry her spirit of courage, determination and resolve.
Forever in our hearts,
Iris Lancaster, Diane Matsumoto, Sandy Badillo, Cathy Ann Taylor
Saranac 6: Cathy Ann Taylor, Diane Matsumoto, Iris Lancaster, Mary Ann Castimore
Japanese Alps Trip 2007
Climb Against the Odds: Mt. Fuji 10-year reunion on Mt. Washington
Mt. Rainier 2005: Shiori, Iris Lancaster, Diane, and Mary Ann Castimore
Climb Against the Odds Mt. Fuji 10-year reunion on Mt. Washington
Ann Castimore front row, 4th from left
Climb Against the Odds, Mt. Rainier 2005: Cathy Ann Taylor and Mary Ann Castimore
Mt. Rainier 2005
New year, fresh beginnings. Let’s start this year off right, together! Today we offer a gift to you: our top 3 science-backed tips for how to reduce your breast cancer risk in 2021.Read More
From all of us at BCPP, thank you for your support as we closed the chapter on an incredibly challenging year. During these first days of 2021, we want to let you know how grateful we are for you. We are so inspired by the tremendous generosity of our community. New year, fresh beginnings. Let’s start this year off right, together!
Today we offer a gift to you: our top 3 science-backed tips for how to reduce your breast cancer risk in 2021. These tips are pulled from our groundbreaking Paths to Prevention: Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan.
Cut back on alcohol
We may have indulged a bit, or more than a bit, during the holidays. Now it’s time to establish healthy, long-term habits that reduce risk. Substantial scientific research links alcohol consumption with breast cancer risk, so reducing consumption is a very healthy choice to make. See if you can start by cutting back or substituting one drink a day or one drink each week with another beverage or even a favorite food.
The evidence is undeniable that exercise—for all people, of any age—is protective against breast cancer (and COVID too). Rather than committing to a massive fitness New Year’s Resolution, try a small, achievable goal this year. How about a 20-minute midday walk to clear your head and get mentally prepared for the afternoon? Or bring the kids or grandkids to a nearby trail for a nature walk once a week? Can you join them in a game of catch? They’ll get moving, and you will too!
Clear the Air
Winter can mean more time indoors, so it’s that much more important to keep the air you’re breathing fresh and clear! You can make a long-term investment in your health by buying a HEPA air purifier to help filter dust and particulates that contain toxic chemicals from household furniture and other products. A low-cost option is simply improving your cleaning habits! Dust and mop with a damp cloth to trap toxic chemicals in instead of dry dusting or sweeping, which can lift them back into the air you breathe. Check out our blog Cleaning Safer and Toxic-Free with BCPP for healthy tips to breathe easier in your home.
Send a message to urge your elected officials to put health above profits and pressure major corporations to stop selling toxic products.
Whether you pick one or more tips to reduce your breast cancer risk, we wish you a healthy and happy start to 2021!
P.S. Another great way to start the new year is to donate to prevent breast cancer.
The search for a cure for breast cancer must continue, but the physical and mental impacts of diagnosis and treatment cannot be underestimated. For too long we have not given breast cancer prevention the priority needed to stop this disease before it starts. And on a personal level, I want to protect all my loved ones from having to deal with this devastating disease, whether as a patient or caregiver.Read More
Interview with Dr. Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D., Mother, Wife, BCPP’s Chief Scientist
How Sharima came to BCPP:
In 2008, I had a friend I knew through a baby group (our sons were born within a month of each other and our daughters within 3 months). At one of our coffee mornings, she announced that the lump in her breast that we all thought was an enlarged milk duct (she was breast feeding at the time) was cancerous. We all rallied around her and her family, but within 6 months she had passed. It was devastating. Three years later I had the opportunity to join BCPP, and I jumped at the chance to learn more about this disease and how I could help reduce its incidence so that fewer women, their families, and their friends would experience such loss.
I’ve been BCPP’s Director of Science since 2011, nine years now. I have had a career in lab science, science, policy, and now advocacy. I am originally from the UK—having grown up in London, and moving to the U.S. in 2001. My husband and I are parents to two wonderful children and a dog, and grandparents to a parakeet and a betta fish.
Why prevention is important right now:
The search for a cure for breast cancer must continue, but the physical and mental impacts of diagnosis and treatment cannot be underestimated. For too long we have not given breast cancer prevention the priority needed to stop this disease before it starts.
And on a personal level, I want to protect all my loved ones from having to deal with this devastating disease, whether as a patient or caregiver.
With many causes asking for support this holiday season, why should people support BCPP?
BCPP is the only national U.S. organization solely focused on the primary prevention of breast cancer. We are focused on eliminating toxic exposures linked to the disease by educating the public, holding companies accountable, and advocating for health protective laws and regulations throughout the U.S. We have a track record of success, and with your help we can prevent more deaths and suffering due to this disease.
Just as our holiday gift giving can support breast cancer prevention, here are a few holiday gifts you might want to reconsider, as they may increase breast cancer risk for your loved ones. Watch our video for the tips or read on.Read More
Just as our holiday gift giving can support breast cancer prevention, here are a few holiday gifts you might want to reconsider, as they may increase breast cancer risk for your loved ones.
Watch our video for the tips or read on.
I’m Andrea Dannenberg, a Breast Cancer Prevention Partners volunteer and breast cancer survivor. I’m going to share with you 5 holiday gifts you might want to reconsider, as they may increase breast cancer risk for your loved ones.
Alcohol: While a bottle of wine or liquor is a common host or hostess gift during the holidays, it’s best to reconsider. Plenty of research links alcohol consumption with breast cancer risk. And, the more we drink, the higher our risk. Reducing how much we drink, lowers our risk. Instead of a bottle of wine, consider bringing sparkling water, or maybe juice or cider. Or maybe bring holiday napkins. But, this year, think twice before gifting alcohol.
Toxic Beauty Products: Many cosmetics and bath and body products include toxic fragrances, allergens, endocrine disruptors and known carcinogens. To gift non-toxic beauty products, first check the ingredient labels. We have a link on the blog to a great tool that will check ingredients for you!
Products Made of Plastic: Plastics can leach harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates. Plastic food storage and drink containers are especially problematic. When heated, even “microwave-safe” plastic can leach chemicals into food. Instead, gift items made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel.
Non-Stick Cookware: Non-stick cookware, such as Teflon® products, are made with PFOA, a known hormone disruptor. Many studies link PFOA exposure with breast cancer. Instead, gift ceramic or cast iron cookware.
Water-Resistant or Stain-Resistant Clothing: As with non-stick cookware, most water- and stain-resistant clothing is made with highly-toxic PFOA. To limit exposure, gift clothing made of natural materials without the added chemical treatments.
There you go: 5 gifts to avoid and some great, safer options to consider this holiday season. Happy holidays!
While a bottle of wine or liquor is a common host or hostess gift during the holidays, it’s best to reconsider. Considerable research links drinking alcohol with breast cancer risk. Reducing consumption is extremely beneficial. Instead of a bottle of wine, consider bringing sparkling water, sparkling juice or cider, or even an herbal tonic. Or maybe a special food to share! You can even gift decorative napkins or simple housewares. This year, think twice before gifting alcohol.
2. Toxic Beauty Products
Many cosmetics and bath and body products include toxic fragrances, allergens, endocrine disruptors and known carcinogens. Before you choose which beauty products to gift, first check the ingredient labels. Tools like Clearya, an app and browser extension, check the ingredients for you! You can also check out our Glossary of Exposures, highlighting substances with the strongest evidence linked to breast cancer that are best to avoid.
Plastics can leach harmful chemicals like BPA (bisphenol A), questionable BPA-substitutes like BPS, and phthalates. Plastic food storage and drink containers are especially problematic. When heated, even “microwave-safe” plastic can leach chemicals into food. Instead, gift items made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel.
4. Non-Stick Cookware
Non-stick cookware, such as Teflon® products, are made with perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA is a known endocrine (hormone) disruptor and many studies link PFOA exposure with breast cancer. Women, particularly pregnant women, and children are most vulnerable to the potential health effects of this exposure. To avoid harmful non-stick chemicals, gift ceramic or well-seasoned cast iron cookware, both of which are naturally non-stick!
5. Water and Stain-Resistant Clothing
As with non-stick cookware, most water- and stain-resistant clothing is made with highly-toxic PFOA. To limit exposure to dangerous PFOA, gift clothing made of natural materials without the added chemical treatments.
With the holidays fast approaching, you may be searching for perfect gifts for your family and friends. Believe it or not, our shopping decisions can reduce the cancer risk for our loved ones. Our Paths to Prevention report identifies 23 known breast cancer risk factors.Read More
With the holidays fast approaching, you may be searching for perfect gifts for your family and friends. Believe it or not, our shopping decisions can reduce the cancer risk for our loved ones. Our Paths to Prevention report identifies 23 known breast cancer risk factors. Based on that research, we compiled a list of gift ideas which can reduce these risks for your family and friends!
Watch our video for the tips or read on.
The holidays are upon us and I know you’re looking for the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones.
I’m Andrea Dannenberg, a Breast Cancer Prevention Partners volunteer and breast cancer survivor.
I’m going to share with you our Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas that can Prevent Breast Cancer!
Yes, you heard that right: these gifts can help protect the health of those you care about.
1. Sleep Mask
A sleep mask will give your loved ones a better night’s sleep.
And it can actually help reduce their risk of breast cancer!
Light at night—the streetlights outside your window and sleeping with the television or lights on— has been linked to increased breast cancer risk.
So, gift better sleep AND lower their risk!
I was shocked how much more soundly I sleep when I started using one.
2. Homemade Bath and Beauty Gifts or Kids Art Supplies
It’s really easy. A few simple ingredients are all you need to make non-toxic, bath products, safer cleaning products and awesome kids’ craft supplies.
We’ve posted recipes and ideas on our site that your family and friends will love!
3. Gifts that Get Us Moving
We all know that most of us don’t get enough exercise.
But, exercise at any age is protective against breast cancer.
Consider gifts that will encourage your loved ones to move more.
Maybe that’s sports equipment or an annual zoo or National Parks pass.
Consider giving gifts that will inspire your friends and family to be more active.
4. HEPA Air Purifiers and Vacuum Cleaners
HEPA filters are the best way to keep dust and harmful chemicals out of the air we breathe.
Much of the furniture in our homes is likely treated with chemical flame retardants.
These retardants use cancer-causing chemicals.
But, we can reduce our loved one’s exposure to these chemicals by gifting air purifiers and vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters.
5. Support Businesses that Fund Cancer Prevention
Finally, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners has partnered with a number of socially responsible companies that fund BCPP’s work.
2 for 1: you give a great gift and also support BCPP’s efforts to identify and eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to breast cancer.
So, there you have it: 5 great gift ideas that will help reduce breast cancer risk for your loved ones! Please check out our blog for more on the science behind these suggestions and for links to purchase some of the gifts I mentioned. Happy holidays!
1. Sleep Mask
A simple sleep mask will give your loved ones a better night’s sleep and can actually help prevent cancer! Light at night—including streetlights outside your window and sleeping with the television or lights on— has been linked to increased breast cancer risk. Gift your loves ones a better night’s sleep and protect their health! Our partner, Ettitude, offers a luxurious, non-toxic sleep mask.
2. Make Non-toxic Homemade Bath and Beauty Gifts
Who doesn’t love a thoughtful, homemade present? You would be surprised to see how simple it is to make non-toxic and luxurious bath products, cleaning products and kids’ craft supplies. We’ve compiled simple recipes your friends and family will love.
3. Gifts to Get Moving
We all know that most Americans don’t get enough exercise. Exercise at any age—from childhood through old age—is protective against breast cancer. Consider gifts that will encourage your loved ones to move more. Maybe that’s soccer equipment for your young niece or granddaughter. Or a new yoga mat for your best friend. Does Grandma enjoy birdwatching? Maybe a new set of binoculars or a birding guidebook will inspire her to get out, walk more and enjoy her hobby. Or maybe a family gift like a zoo membership or National Parks and Recreation Lands Pass will help your family get moving in 2021.
4. HEPA Air Filters & Vacuum Cleaners
HEPA filters are the best way to keep dust and harmful chemicals out of the air you breathe. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. These filters work by forcing air through a fine mesh. With the ongoing COVID pandemic, we’re all staying home more than before. But, that means we’re also exposed to harmful chemicals, such as flame retardants, commonly used in furniture and other household products. HEPA filters help remove cancer-causing chemicals from our air. What could be better?
5. Support Businesses that Fund Cancer Prevention
You can find wonderful gift ideas from socially responsible companies that help fund BCPP’s work at Purchases Supporting Prevention. These companies offer non-toxic gifts and also support BCPP’s work to identify and eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to breast cancer.
This #GivingTuesday, join us and honor the many Faces of Prevention. The real people who inspire our daily work to create a toxic-free world. Up first is Melissa, a clean beauty crusader focused on empowering women and families to make the best choices for healthy, clean living.Read More
Guest Post by Melissa Gabriel, Wife, Mother, Better Beauty Advocate, Breast Cancer Survivor
This Giving Tuesday, join us and honor the many Faces of Prevention. The real people who inspire our daily work to create a toxic-free world.
Up first is Melissa, a clean beauty crusader focused on empowering women and families to make the best choices for healthy, clean living.
You can support BCPP’s work too!
Help make safer beauty a reality for all. Your dollars will go to: uniting our community and business partners around this vital issue; scientific testing and research on toxic exposures; and educating lawmakers and leaders to pass federal cosmetic safety reform in 2021.
Melissa is a reminder that we are our fiercest advocates. Through perseverance and community we can and do create change. So this #GivingTuesday, the global day of generosity, be a fierce advocate too. Be a face of prevention, honor your loved ones, and protect them by choosing to support BCPP.
Get unique insights from California Senator Ben Allen and SF Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson on the impacts of PFAS “forever” chemicals on people and our planet. BCPP’s Changemakers’ Chat webinar interview series is bringing together the BCPP community and our partners during this time of uncertainty.Read More
BCPP’s Changemakers’ Chat webinar interview series is bringing together the BCPP community and our partners during this time of uncertainty.
Get unique insights from California Senator Ben Allen and SF Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson on the impacts of PFAS “forever” chemicals on people and our planet.
I believe prevention protects our loved ones. I think of the many women firefighters in the past and present who have had to face their challenges and hardships with breast cancer. I lost my Aunt Paula when she was 50 years old and two more dear-to-my-heart firefighters, Alyson and Denise.Read More
Guest Post by Anita Paratley, San Francisco Fire Department Battalion Chief
I am the San Francisco Fire Department Battalion Chief and a breast cancer survivor.
Of Ashkenazi and Sicilian descent, I was raised on the south shore of Long Island and moved to San Francisco at the age of 23. I’ve lived in SF for the past 40 years and have spent over 30 years in fire service. I’m passionate about working out and being physically active—hiking, motorcycling, and exploring—and staying socially connected.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. I found out through self-examination, despite a mammogram false negative, and yearly mammograms, and bi-yearly breast MRIs before that. Thanks to the efforts of a thorough doctor, I was finally diagnosed through an ultrasound with a needle core biopsy. I survived a lumpectomy and 33 doses of radiation, curtailed due to severity of my skin burns.
I am fortunate to have strong young women around me. My domestic partner has two beautiful daughters and a granddaughter. I have two strong, smart, and vibrant nieces. And I’m also surrounded by a multitude of strong hardworking female firefighters that are routinely exposed to toxics, products of combustion, and dangerous carcinogens.
So, why do I support breast cancer prevention and BCPP?
BCPP does the kind of prevention work that will protect the lives of our firefighters, families, and clean water. Just this year, BCPP helped pass a ban on harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals in firefighting foam. This kind of legislation to prevent breast cancer is life-saving!
I believe prevention protects our loved ones. I think of the many women firefighters in the past and present who have had to face their challenges and hardships with breast cancer. I lost my Aunt Paula when she was 50 years old and two more dear-to-my-heart firefighters, Alyson and Denise. They will be with me always.
Cancer has no boundaries. All people suffer from this insidious disease—the people who get diagnosed and the people who love them.
Thank you for supporting BCPP’s work to prevent breast cancer. Prevention protects our loved ones.
San Francisco Fire Department Battalion Chief
P.S. This Tuesday, Dec. 1, is #GivingTuesday, a global day of generosity. Facebook fundraisers are an easy way to let your friends know you care about breast cancer prevention.
P.P.S. Check out BCPP’s Changemakers’ Chat: Firefighters & Forever Chemicals featuring San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson.