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October 29, 2021

One last chance during Pinktober to tell Komen how you feel
Posted on October 29, 2021 By Krystal Redman, Executive Director Our 2021 Think Before You Pink® campaign, Stop Banking on Breast Cancer, has already had a huge impact, and in the final days of Pinktober we’re asking again – will you join our community of [...] READ MORE

October 28, 2021

Tania Katan’s Personalized Letter to Susan G. Komen
Posted on October 28, 2021 Tania Katan is a powerhouse, a dynamic force of nature whose 2019 book "Creative Trespassing” was the Porchlight Book Award Winner for Best Business Book in Creativity & Innovation. She’s also co-creator of the global viral cam [...] READ MORE

October 28, 2021

Marie Garlock’s Personalized Letter to Susan G. Komen
Posted on October 28, 2021 Marie Garlock, PhD, is an anti-discrimination educator and consultant for community-building initiatives (itisinyou.org). Marie is based in Durham, NC and works across the U.S. south and Global South on healthcare, environmental [...] READ MORE

October 27, 2021

Susan G. Komen® responds to Stop Banking on Breast Cancer
Posted on October 27, 2021 BREAKING: Susan G. Komen® responded to our campaign Stop Banking on Breast Cancer in a news feature by Spectrum News 1 Ohio. Sean Tuffnell, Susan G. Komen® Director of Communications writes, “Susan G. Komen is proud of our 22 [...] READ MORE

October 12, 2021

Take Action: Stop Banking on Breast Cancer
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October 04, 2021

Stop Banking on Breast Cancer Social Media Storm
Posted on October 4, 2021 Join us in action with a social media storm Let’s tell Susan G. Komen® that we see the Pink Ribbon Banking Program for what it is: pinkwashing! Updated October 9: We just released parts I-III of our three-part illustrated se [...] READ MORE

September 16, 2021

This will be the BEST one hour you can spend to disrupt pink ribbon marketing culture
Posted on September 16, 2021 By Krystal Redman, Executive Director Next month will be my first Think Before You Pink® campaign with Breast Cancer Action, and I can’t wait to take part in breast cancer activism alongside you. One of the most exciting wa [...] READ MORE

September 14, 2021

Have you seen our new website?
Posted on September 14, 2021 By Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Manager Have you seen our new and better-than-ever website!? We’ve been revamped, refreshed, and we’re ready to provide you with the unabashed, patient-centered, watchdog take we’re known [...] READ MORE

September 03, 2021

Zoë wants to see you on October 12th!
Posted on September 3, 2021 By Zoë Christopher, Program Officer and Operations Manager The BCAction staff and I are busy planning our virtual fundraiser, Radical Disruption and Compassionate Resistance! We’re feeling the excitement of another October and I [...] READ MORE

September 01, 2021

Strategic planning + industry-changing campaigns = our latest news
By Krystal Redman, Executive Director I am halfway through my first year as Executive Director at BCAction and looking forward to what the future has in store! I want to take a moment to share some updates with you, which includes upcoming work and recent [...] READ MORE

August 18, 2021

North Carolina High School Students Take on Pinkwasher
Posted August 18, 2021 By Evelynn Chen, Communications Intern As a final project for their Health Science II Honors class, six students from Apex High School in North Carolina took collective action directed at The Estée Lauder Companies and subsidiary [...] READ MORE

August 17, 2021

A Seat at the National Cancer Institute’s Table
Posted on August 17, 2021 By Jayla Burton, Program Manager “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm One year ago, Breast Cancer Action was in the thick of planning our renowned Think Before You Pink® campai [...] READ MORE

August 04, 2021

Get caught up on our latest actions
Posted on August 4, 2021 By Krystal Redman, DrPH (they/she), Executive Director Activism lies at the core of our work. Below are our three most recent action alerts. They are quick and easy, and most importantly they call for bold, systemic changes to [...] READ MORE

July 20, 2021

We should have access to essential medical supplies
Posted on July 20, 2021 By Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Manager For many people, breast cancer treatment comes with harsh, disabling side effects. Lymphedema is a condition that causes incredibly painful swelling in the arms or legs due to the [...] READ MORE

July 13, 2021

Prioritizing breast cancer = ending fossil fuels
Posted July 13, 2021 By Jayla Burton, Program Manager In the state of California, one of the largest oil producers in the US, our organization has been a leader in calling for an end to dangerous drilling practices that threaten our health and increase [...] READ MORE

May 18, 2021

Tell NCI we expect more
Posted on May 18, 2021 By Jayla Burton, Program Manager When government agencies and corporate leaders agree to make changes but then only do the bare minimum required of them, sometimes their efforts are the result of a conservative approach or a [...] READ MORE

April 08, 2021

Calling all Sonoma Activists
Posted on April 8, 2021 By Jayla Burton, Program Manager As a Sonoma County area resident and BCAction activist, you are invited to the first virtual Community Cancer Connection Meeting on Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 PM PST to join in solidarity and sh [...] READ MORE

April 02, 2021

Breast Cancer Action is in strong support of California’s SB 467
Posted on April 2, 2021 Submitted via email on Friday, April 2 2021 Senator Scott Wiener State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: SB 467 (Wiener/Limón) – Breast Cancer Action is in STRONG SUPPORT Dear Senator Wiener: Breast Cancer Action (B [...] READ MORE

March 18, 2021

Executive Director Krystal Redman on the work of BCAction in 2021 and going forward
In their first speaking appearance as Breast Cancer Action' Executive Director, Krystal Redman outlines their vision for the work of the organization. The following clips include highlights from their talk, speaking to questions such as: What do systemic [...] READ MORE

March 17, 2021

Letter to the Biden-Harris administration on addressing and ending breast cancer
Posted on March 17, 2021 By The Breast Cancer Action Team; Krystal Redman, DrPH, Executive Director; Jayla Burton, MPH, MS, Program Manager; Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Manager; Lopa Pal, Development Manager; Zoe Christopher, Program Officer & [...] READ MORE

March 05, 2021

Why We Oppose Dr. Janet Woodcock to Head the FDA
Posted on March 5, 2021 President Biden will soon nominate a Commissioner U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Dr. Janet Woodcock is the current acting FDA commissioner and is a potential candidate for the position. We oppose Woodcock’s potential nomination a [...] READ MORE

March 03, 2021

FDA Commissioner: take action to protect strong leadership
Posted on March 3, 2021 By Krystal Redman, DrPH, Executive Director We have an urgent action request for you: contact your legislators today and let them know you strongly oppose Dr. Janet Woodcock for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [...] READ MORE

March 01, 2021

Take action: demand strong FDA leadership
Posted on March 1, 2021 By Jayla Burton, Program Manager Since day one of President Joe Biden taking office, we’ve called on him to make sure his administration makes breast cancer a priority. Appointing a strong Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leader w [...] READ MORE

February 19, 2021

Sign the card, get a sticker
Posted on February 19, 2021 By Jayla Burton, Program Officer Let the Biden-Harris team know that ending the breast cancer crisis must be a priority for the administration! Add your name now and we’ll mail you two Breast Cancer Action stickers in appre [...] READ MORE

February 01, 2021

Tell the Biden-Harris administration we need action
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer A new administration doesn’t mean our work is done—it means we work even harder to address and end breast cancer. Over the last few years, it seems like we have seen it all. We've experienced the deprioritization of [...] READ MORE

January 21, 2021

Can Childhood Experiences Increase Breast Cancer Risk?
Posted on January 21, 2021 By Heather Sarantis, Environmental Health Consultant to Breast Cancer Action and Guest Writer I have worked on breast cancer prevention for more than 15 years. Most recently, I co-authored Paths to Prevention: The California [...] READ MORE

December 22, 2020

SABCS 2020: The Breast Cancer-to-Addiction Pipeline and What to Do About It
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer Each year at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), the Breast Cancer Action team assesses the latest treatment research so folx can make the best-informed decisions about their care. This often includes calling out [...] READ MORE

December 22, 2020

Let’s make healthcare for all a reality
By Marj Plumb, DrPH, Interim Executive Director At Breast Cancer Action, we envision a healthcare system in which everyone has access to healthcare that is compassionate, culturally competent, evidence-based, and supports patient decision-making. Over [...] READ MORE

December 18, 2020

SABCS 2020: Why More Tests Won’t Solve the Breast Cancer Epidemic and Other Takeaways
By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer In our “take action,” “more is better,” “gotta do something” culture, most people assume that more medial testing will lead to better treatments. After all, many assume, the more we know about [...] READ MORE

December 18, 2020

SABCS 2020
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer For decades billions of dollars have been poured into breast cancer research. And each December clinicians and researchers from around the world gather at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) to share the latest [...] READ MORE

December 17, 2020

SABCS 2020: Patient-centered language and our for-profit healthcare system
By Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Officer The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) is the world’s largest annual breast cancer conference, and the stated intended audience is “an international audience of academic and private physicians and res [...] READ MORE

December 16, 2020

SABCS 2020: Immunotherapy Part 4 – Sacituzumab Govitecan Improves Overall Survival for Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer
By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer In April 2020, the FDA approved a new type of immunotherapy, the antibody drug conjugate sacituzumab govitecan (brand name Trodelvy), a name so unpronounceable that even doctors at SABCS [...] READ MORE

December 16, 2020

SABCS 2020: Immunotherapy Part 3 – Atezolizumab Does Not Worsen Patient Reported Quality of Life for Early Stage Triple Negative Breast Cancer
By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer Atezolizumab (brand name Tencentriq) was the first immunotherapy approved for breast cancer, just over a year and a half ago, as noted in my first immunotherapy blog post, for metastatic [...] READ MORE

December 16, 2020

SABCS 2020: Immunotherapy Part 2 – Pembrolizumab Can Be Paired With Any Partner Chemo
By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer As explained in the prior blog post, immunotherapy seeks to harness the immune system to recognize and target cancer cells. The immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab (brand name Keytruda) is a [...] READ MORE

December 16, 2020

SABCS 2020: The Hallmarks of Cancer and the Hope of Immunotherapy
By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer Cancer is a complex disease that includes breakdowns in multiple biological systems that allow tumors to grow. Understanding these mechanisms, sometimes referred to as the “Hallmarks of C [...] READ MORE

December 16, 2020

SABCS 2020: Immunotherapy Part 4 – Sacituzumab Govitecan Improves Overall Survival for Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer
By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer In April 2020, the FDA approved a new type of immunotherapy, the antibody drug conjugate sacituzumab govitecan (brand name Trodelvy), a name so unpronounceable that even doctors at SABCS [...] READ MORE

December 16, 2020

SABCS 2020: Why Mammograms Can’t Fix Breast Cancer Disparities
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer The growing attention to breast cancer disparities for Black women has resulted in an increase in marketing campaigns targeting women of color telling us that we must get screened for breast cancer. For many people, at first [...] READ MORE

December 12, 2020

SABCS 2020: Helping Patients by Doing Less: No Chemo Needed for Even More Breast Cancers
By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer Good news for many postmenopausal women with early stage, hormone positive breast cancer. Two new studies presented at the 2020 the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) confirm that [...] READ MORE

December 11, 2020

SABCS 2020: Life—and Birth!—after Breast Cancer
By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer For people who want to have a biological child after breast cancer, there are a number of questions and concerns. Dr. Eva Blondeaux provided largely reassuring data about pregnancy in a paper [...] READ MORE

December 10, 2020

SABCS 2020: Disparities and Doctors’ Disconnect
By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer Multiple studies show that Black people are consistently under-medicated for pain, whether during dental work or cancer treatment. At my first ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco [...] READ MORE

December 10, 2020

SABCS 2020: Meditation and More
By Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Officer As a former yoga and meditation instructor I was immediately drawn to Dr. Patricia Ganz’s session on mindfulness at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). I still maintain an active practice, and I f [...] READ MORE

December 10, 2020

SABCS 2020: Patient-centered FDA Approvals
By Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Officer I joined Breast Cancer Action as the Communications Officer in July of 2020, which makes this year’s San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) my first breast cancer conference. Given that SABCS is geared t [...] READ MORE

December 10, 2020

SABCS 2020: Breast cancer and SABCS during COVID-19
By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer Nine months in to the COVID-19 pandemic and we all know that virtually every area of our lives been deeply altered. With a vaccine on the immediate horizon—possibly getting FDA approval this w [...] READ MORE

December 04, 2020

Did you see the news?
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer We’re in the news! Breast Cancer Action was featured in the recent Op-Ed “The National Cancer Institute needs to publish information about chemical exposure and cancer risk” by esteemed scientists Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD [...] READ MORE

November 25, 2020

30th Anniversary Event Videos
The following videos from our 30th Anniversary Event Radical Disruption Compassionate Resistance include speeches, testimonials, and personal stories about what the work of BCAction has meant to our members.  Please enjoy the featured 30th Anniversary [...] READ MORE

November 24, 2020

We did it! Think Before You Pink success story
By Marj Plumb, Interim Executive Director We did it! Thank you for raising your voice, sharing your stories, and taking action during our We Can’t Be Pink’d Think Before You Pink® campaign. Your voice is powerful, and in response, the National Cancer Ins [...] READ MORE

November 19, 2020

Kamala’s Mom, Shyamala Harris, and Breast Cancer Action
As we celebrate Kamala Harris’s historic election into the role of Vice President-Elect, news outlets across the country are writing about her upbringing and spotlighting her family members, including her mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris. Many of our members h [...] READ MORE

November 17, 2020

The NCI Must Include Environmental Exposures in Information About Breast Cancer Risk
November 17, 2020 Delivered via email. Also available in PDF format.  Dr. Norman E. Sharpless, Director, (norman.sharpless@nih.gov) National Cancer Institute 9609 Medical Center Drive Rockville, MD 20850 CC: Douglas R. Lowy, M.D. NCI P [...] READ MORE

October 30, 2020

Think Before You Pink® ends this weekend
By Marj Plumb, DrPH, Interim Executive Director Thank you for everything you’ve done this month to tell the administration and our federal agencies that We Can’t Be Pink’d! Together we held four federal agencies accountable. If you missed any of these a [...] READ MORE

October 28, 2020

We Can’t Be Pink’d Personal Video Stories
THINK BEFORE YOU PINK® – 2020 CAMPAIGN We've been lucky enough to have three Breast Cancer Action members share their stories of why our We Can't Be Pink'd actions are important to them. Kim Motta and Deb Smalley shared their stories of breast implant i [...] READ MORE

October 28, 2020

Last week to say We Can’t Be Pink’d!
By Marj Plumb, Interim Executive Director This has been a Think Before You Pink® campaign unlike any other. We’ve never run a campaign this big before, with four distinct targets. And there's still time to participate - all four actions are linked be [...] READ MORE

October 26, 2020

Take action to protect the Affordable Care Act
By Rebecca Saltzman, Deputy Director The final week of our Think Before You Pink® campaign, “We Can’t Be Pink’d,” is here, and we’re calling out the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General William Barr. We will not stand by as they attempt to gut h [...] READ MORE

October 22, 2020

Think Before You Pink® 2020 In Action
By The Breast Cancer Action Team Right now, our work is more critical than ever. Over the last three weeks, you have joined us in calling out the administration's failures to address the breast cancer epidemic. Read on for several ways to engage with our [...] READ MORE

October 19, 2020

ACTION ALERT: Tell the NCI We Can’t Be Pink’d
By Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Associate This year’s Think Before You Pink® campaign “We Can’t Be Pink’d: Say NO to Pink Policies” calls out the lack of leadership from the Trump Administration in truly addressing the breast cancer crisis. We’re dema [...] READ MORE

October 16, 2020

Wow! Thank you for a powerful evening
By Marj Plumb DrPH, Interim Executive Director What a night! Thanks to each and every one of you who supported or joined us last night at our first-ever virtual fundraiser, 30 Years of Radical Disruption and Compassionate Resistance. It was an [...] READ MORE

October 15, 2020

Even as Trump changes the rules under COVID, the fight to strengthen the FDA is not new to the Breast Cancer Community
By Zoë Christopher As Breast Cancer Action’s Resource Liaison, Zoë connects those seeking information and assistance with the resources they’re looking for regarding detection, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer. Zoë holds a Masters degree in psycho [...] READ MORE

October 14, 2020

Tomorrow: BCAction’s 30th Anniversary Event
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager We couldn’t be more excited! Tomorrow is the big night for 30 Years of Radical Disruption and Compassionate Resistance! Get your tickets today and join hundreds of breast cancer activists like yourself as we reflect [...] READ MORE

October 12, 2020

Tell the FDA: Ensure patient and consumer safety
Buy Zoë Christopher, Resource Liaison & Office Manager We Can’t Be Pink’d week TWO is here and we’re calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do better to protect patients and consumers! Last week you joined us in our first week of Think Befor [...] READ MORE

October 07, 2020

What’s Marj Going to Say?
By Rebecca Saltzman Our groundbreaking 2020 Think Before You Pink® campaign, "We Can’t Be Pink’d: Say No to Pink Policies," has launched! Join hundreds of breast cancer activists for a live campaign update at our virtual event on October 15th: 30 Ye [...] READ MORE

October 05, 2020

Tell the EPA: No more rollbacks
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer In this year’s Think Before You Pink® campaign, we are saying “We Can’t Be Pink’d: Say NO to Pink Policies!” Since 2002, Breast Cancer Action has led Think Before You Pink® campaigns each October in response to “Breast Cancer [...] READ MORE

October 01, 2020

Announcement: We’re taking on the administration during Think Before You Pink®
In this year’s Think Before You Pink® campaign, we are saying “We Can’t Be Pink’d: Say NO to Pink Policies.” We’re taking on the lack of leadership, from the President down to agency leaders, in addressing the breast cancer epidemic!   A procl [...] READ MORE

September 29, 2020

Place your bids today!
By Heather Stone, Development and Communications Associate Our virtual anniversary event, 30 Years of Radical Disruption and Compassionate Resistance, is just two weeks away on October 15th! We can’t wait to celebrate with you and hundreds of B [...] READ MORE

September 23, 2020

Powerful closing music and lots to bid on!
As October 15th draws near, we’re getting more and more excited for 30 Years of Radical Disruption and Compassionate Resistance. The finale performance by Voices Lesbian A Cappella for Justice will energize and inspire you to take a [...] READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Get Ready For Pinktober!
By Jayla Burton Let the countdown to Pinktober begin! For us, October is breast cancer industry month. Corporate giants and mega-nonprofits have taken advantage of this month to exploit breast cancer for their own gain and to make it look [...] READ MORE

September 17, 2020

The Real Ones Tried to Kill Me – The Fake Ones Did Too
By Kim Motta Kim Motta lives in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. She has been married to her husband Peter for almost 20 years, and they have two daughters in high school, Lauren and Emily. Kim works to "pay it forward" as she contiunes healing from [...] READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Breast Implant Education and Options: It’s About Choice, Power, and Respect
By Deb Smalley Deb Smalley lives with her husband, Bob, two children, Jack and Lydia, four dogs and two cats in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. She grew up in nearby Gibbstown. Diagnosed with hormone receptor positive invasive ductal carcinoma and ductal [...] READ MORE

September 14, 2020

You don’t want to miss the featured speakers for our 30th Anniversary event
By Rebecca Saltzman At our October 15th virtual event, 30 Years of Radical Disruption and Compassionate Resistance, our three featured speakers will weave together the history and the future of Breast Cancer [...] READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Calling on the FDA to Put Patients First: A Check-Up from Stage IV Cancer Communities
Posted on September 9, 2020 By Marie Garlock Marie Garlock, PhD, is an anti-discrimination educator and consultant for community-building initiatives (itisinyou.org). Marie’s based in Durham, NC and works across the U.S. south and Global South on h [...] READ MORE

September 08, 2020

You’re invited to The Fossil-Fueled Health Crisis Webinar
By Zoë Christopher, Resource Liaison We are so excited about our upcoming webinar, The Fossil-Fueled Health Crisis, and it’s only one week away! To learn about the connection between fossil fuels and breast cancer risk, please register now to join us on Tu [...] READ MORE

September 03, 2020

Tell the FDA: put patients before profit!
Written By: Tibby Reas Hinderlie The Food and Drug Administration’s role is to protect public health by ensuring safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices, including those used to treat breast cancer. The drug approval process should put patients [...] READ MORE

August 31, 2020

The Second Decade: 2000-2010
This is the second of three newsletters we’ll be releasing this year to mark Breast Cancer Action’s 30th anniversary. In this second edition, we’re featuring highlights from the second ten years of our 30 year history: 2000 to 2010.  Letter from the Ex [...] READ MORE

August 31, 2020

Letter from the Executive Director – Second Edition
by Marj Plumb, DrPH, Interim Executive Director Marking a 30th anniversary of an organization is about recognizing the past work and successes, and recommitting to the ongoing necessity of the mission. Breast Cancer Action’s continuity of mission, vision, a [...] READ MORE

August 28, 2020

Webinar: The Fossil-Fueled Health Crisis
Written By: Jayla Burton, Program Officer Every year in the U.S., more than a quarter of a million people are diagnosed with breast cancer—a number that continues to rise. Many of these people have no family history of the disease, which raises the question “ [...] READ MORE

August 26, 2020

Not your average virtual event
Written By: Marj Plumb, DrPH, Interim Executive Director I’m so excited about the group of feisty and fearless BCAction members and supporters who will be gathering for our 30th Anniversary virtual event. Here’s a sneak-peak: our line-up includes our host, cr [...] READ MORE

August 24, 2020

Breast Cancer and Fossil Fuels – Illustrated!
Written By: Tibby Reas Hinderlie Every year in the U.S., more than a quarter of a million people are diagnosed with breast cancer. Many of these people have no family history of the disease, which raises the question “What causes breast c [...] READ MORE

August 21, 2020

Single Use Plastics: Protection During a Pandemic or Fuel for the Breast Cancer Epidemic?
Written By: Emily Noronha Stuffed between couch cushions, piling up on curbs, or blowing about in the wind I see the same things: floods of THANK YOU plastic bags, greasy take-out containers, and neon pink straws. For years I have been trying to reduce my [...] READ MORE

August 11, 2020

We’ve moved (online)!
Written By: Rebecca Saltzman, Deputy Director We are so excited to announce our transition to a fully-remote organization.   As people across the nation are adapting to working from home, we have chosen to embrace this opportunity and are moving [...] READ MORE

August 06, 2020

Guess who’s MCing our 30th Anniversary?
Written By: Lopa Pal, Development Manager I’m thrilled to announce that we will have an amazing emcee for our virtual event honoring 30 years of Breast Cancer’s Action’s radical disruption and compassionate resistance - creative trespasser herself, Tan [...] READ MORE

August 04, 2020

Why we must stop cancer-causing fossil fuels
Written By: Jayla Burton, Program Officer Do you think breast cancer and the global addiction to fossil fuel are two separate crises? Think again. The use of fossil fuels not only contributes to climate change, but exposures also increase our [...] READ MORE

July 27, 2020

Stand Against the Fossil-Fueled Health Crisis
Written By: Tibby Reas Hinderlie Governor Gavin Newsom has talked a good talk about the importance of addressing the health harms of fossil fuels, but talk is not enough. He must act to stop the fossil-fueled cancer crisis. Instead, Governor Newsom [...] READ MORE

July 23, 2020

Help us mark our 30th Anniversary!
Written by: Marj Plumb, DRPH, Interim Executive Director Join us on October 15th as we honor 30 years of Breast Cancer Action’s radical disruption and compassionate resistance!   Meet members of Breast Cancer Action’s feisty and fearless community as we [...] READ MORE

July 23, 2020

Help Us Mark Our 30th Anniversary!
By Marj Plumb, Iterim Executive Director Join us on October 15th as we honor 30 years of Breast Cancer Action’s radical disruption and compassionate resistance!   Meet members of Breast Cancer Action’s feisty and fearless community as we remember and ref [...] READ MORE

June 23, 2020

Stand Up to the Fossil Fuel Industry!
Think the biggest problem with plastic products is how to get rid of them at the end of their use? Well, think again. Plastic products that are such a common feature of modern life—from water bottles to cell phone components—are made from fossil fuels. And fos [...] READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Introducing Our Interim ED, Marj Plumb
By Peggy Huston, Chair of the Board of Directors I am writing to update you on recent exciting news for Breast Cancer Action. If you remember, our long-time Executive Director, Karuna Jaggar, informed us in the beginning of the year that she was ready for [...] READ MORE

June 01, 2020

Why We Must Be Anti-Racist
The police killing of George Floyd is forcing an overdue reckoning for our country. To face up to the reality of police brutality and violence against black and brown communities is to face up to the ongoing menace and legacy of white supremacy. It is not [...] READ MORE

May 07, 2020

The First Ten Years
This is the first of three newsletters we'll be releasing this year to mark Breast Cancer Action's 30th anniversary. In this first edition, we're featuring highlights from our first decade.  Letter from the Executive Director Early Photos First [...] READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Letter from the Executive Director
by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Breast Cancer Action isn’t like any other breast cancer organization. For 30 years we’ve been the independent voice and rapid-response watchdog for the breast cancer resistance—thanks to fierce and committed supporters lik [...] READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Conversation With Belle Shayer
Belle Shayer will turn 90 this year; she is the only Breast Cancer Action founder still living. We talked to her recently about how she first got involved with Breast Cancer Action, what the early years were like, and what makes her proudest about the [...] READ MORE

May 06, 2020

While Disease Rampages, Activists Pump Up Firepower
This article about breast cancer activism and activists features Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Action's first executive director. It was written by Lisa M. Krieger and published in the San Francisco Examiner on November 3, 1996.  Barbara Brenner died in [...] READ MORE

May 06, 2020

Susan Claymon—Sister Survivor
The magazine, MAMM, featured this profile of Breast Cancer Action founder Susan Claymon in a special Women, Cancer, and Community issue, published in July/August,1999. The article was written by Sara Miles. Susan Claymon died in 2000.  Fourteen Years [...] READ MORE

May 06, 2020

Cause Imperative
Linda Reyes was featured in the April-May 1994 issue of Modern Maturity, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) magazine. This article was written by Diane Curtis.  Linda Reyes bottled up her anger against what she calls the “cancer i [...] READ MORE

May 06, 2020

Annual Tour Argues Toxins Create Cancers
Breast Cancer Action was the first breast cancer organization to draw the link between breast cancer and environmental pollution. It was an early member of the Toxic Links Coalition, which organized an annual Cancer Industry Tour to call out the Bay Area's [...] READ MORE

May 05, 2020

Double Your Impact Today!
By Karuna Jagggar, Executive Director   Your donation for #GivingTuesdayNow will be DOUBLED today thanks to a generous donor who will match your gift, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000!   Help us raise $20,000 TODAY for #GivingTuesdayNow, a [...] READ MORE

May 04, 2020

The Larger Good: Fighting for Their Lives
Elenore Pred, one of BCAction's four original founders, was featured in a U.S. News & World Report series on The Most Notable Women of 1991. The profile, by Erica E. Goode, was published on August 26, 1991, just months before Elenore Pred died.  The [...] READ MORE

May 04, 2020

Genentech Starts Compassionate Access to Breast Cancer Drug
One of Breast Cancer Action's first campaigns was an effort to persuade Genentech to allow compassionate use of a drug (Her2/neu or Trastuzumab, brand name, Herceptin) that showed promise for those with late-stage breast cancer. This article, by Mary Ann [...] READ MORE

May 01, 2020

Selection of Early Photos
Breast Cancer Action Founders (from left): Susan Claymon, unknown, Belle Shayer, Elenore Pred, Linda Reyes.  Early BCAction members with ACT UP activists  Early Rally Demonstration in support of funding for breast cancer and AIDS [...] READ MORE

May 01, 2020

First Meeting Flyer
This flyer, produced on a portable typewriter and distributed in the spring of 1990, announces Breast Cancer Action's first meeting, which was held at founder Elenore Pred's house in San Francisco on July 1, 1990.            [...] READ MORE

April 25, 2020

Going Toe-to-Toe With Industry
By Rebecca Saltzman, Deputy Director Breast Cancer Action’s watchdog role has never been more important, as corporations and industry-friendly officials use COVID-19 as yet another an excuse to put profits before public health protections. Thanks to members l [...] READ MORE

April 22, 2020

Breast Cancer Doesn’t Stop For Pandemics—And Neither Do We
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   The need for evidence-based public health policy that is adequately funded and free from political influence has never been more apparent. And for 30 years, Breast Cancer Action’s members have demanded just t [...] READ MORE

April 21, 2020

Let’s support Breast Cancer Action!
By JoAnn Loulan, Former Board Member and Host of the Annual Billie Gardner Loulan Memorial Benefit I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. It’s times like these when community really matters. I’m glad to have each and every one of you in my life. Every [...] READ MORE

April 14, 2020

Take a Stand Against the Censored Science Rule!
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer The Trump Administration is once again trying to push through its proposed “Censored Science” rule that would hobble the EPA’s ability to utilize most public health and environmental research. Take action and tell t [...] READ MORE

March 27, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Dina Balatti
By Lopa Pal Dina Balatti is one of Breast Cancer Action’s superstar volunteers. Born and raised in California’s Marin County, Dina graduated from U.C. Berkeley with degrees in sociology and psychology. After many years working in financial services mar [...] READ MORE

March 26, 2020

In Honor & Memory
Donations made to BCAction between November 7, 2019 – March 24, 2020 in honor or memory.  DONATIONS IN HONOR  Rita Arditti     from Dr. Barbara Rubin  Abigail Arons     f [...] READ MORE

March 26, 2020

Special Thanks
We could not do this work without the support of so many members and volunteers. Thank you to Alan Kleinschmidt and the San Francisco Choral Society for complimentary tickets for our staff, board & volunteers to their wonderful performances. Thank you [...] READ MORE

March 19, 2020

From the Executive Director: It Shouldn’t Take a Pandemic to Prioritize Public Health
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director It shouldn’t take a pandemic to prioritize public health. COVID-19 is an acute health justice issue that reveals the enormity of the cracks in our healthcare system. But it also shows the power of collective action, of c [...] READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Dear California: Fossil Fuels are Fueling a Public Health Crisis
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer, Breast Cancer Action On March 9, I testified before state regulators from Cal-GEM (California Geologic Energy Management) and Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration, emphasizing that fossil fuels are fueling the cancer c [...] READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Opportunity to Lead Breast Cancer Action
By the Breast Cancer Action Team With change comes opportunity. As we look to Karuna’s planned transition out of Breast Cancer Action's Executive Director role this summer, we are seeking a dynamic and visionary Executive Director with the p [...] READ MORE

March 06, 2020

Take Action on PFAS!
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer You joined us and called on 3M to stop peddling PFAS because of the link to breast cancer during our annual Think Before You Pink® campaign. Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed precedent-setting [...] READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Join me next week to support Breast Cancer Action
[caption id="attachment_25913" align="alignright" width="300"] Julie Morgan, second from the left, at our 9th annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink -- Food For Thought fundraiser.[/caption] UPDATE:We're postponing our 30th Anniversary Kickoff Reception [...] READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Calling on Governor Newsom to End the Fossil-Fueled Cancer Crisis
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer Whose air? Our air! Whose water? Our water! Whose land?  Our land! Whose health? Our health! The chants rang out on the street in front of the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento on a bright February [...] READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Join me on March 11 to do something besides worry
By Rebecca Saltzman, Deputy Director As the 2020 elections draw near, I find myself looking for ways to connect with people who are working for a better future. Breast Cancer Action has been doing that for 30 years by advocating for health justice for all [...] READ MORE

February 25, 2020

Welcome to Our New Board Member: Alicia D. Justice
By Connie Matthiessen, Communications Manager Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is a remarkable group of people who set the vision for Breast Cancer Action and lead the organization by determining organizational policy, assuring our financial [...] READ MORE

February 06, 2020

Take Action for Affordable Medicine & Devices
by Jayla Burton, Program Officer Since our founding, Breast Cancer Action has worked to expand access to quality, evidence-based healthcare for all people. High drug prices and gaps in coverage for essential medical equipment prevent too many people from [...] READ MORE

February 04, 2020

Honor our 30th Anniversary!
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager We’re kicking off our 30th Anniversary with a reception in San Francisco on March 11 and we want you to join us! Get together with like-minded people who are calling out the pink status quo and joining t [...] READ MORE

January 24, 2020

Kick off our 30th Anniversary on March 11!
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager Join us on March 11 as we honor 30 years of Breast Cancer Action’s radical disruption and compassionate resistance. Don’t miss our 30th Anniversary Kickoff Reception in San Francisco, where it all began in [...] READ MORE

January 17, 2020

Announcement from the Executive Director
by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director As we turn to a new year and a new decade, it’s a time for reflection. I am deeply grateful for Breast Cancer Action’s fearless and feisty community, and I draw strength in the solidarity of our work together as the can [...] READ MORE

January 10, 2020

30 Years of Radical Disruption & Compassionate Resistance
2020 is a big year! It marks 30 years of Breast Cancer Action’s radical disruption and compassionate resistance. Since our founding in 1990, we’ve worked to identify the root causes and dismantle the structures of the breast cancer epidemic. We’ve accom [...] READ MORE

December 31, 2019

There’s Still Time to Support Uncompromising Activism
By The Breast Cancer Action Team 2020 will mark Breast Cancer Action’s 30th Anniversary. That’s 30 years of uncompromising activism, working toward a world where lives and communities aren’t threatened by breast cancer. We’ve made some important advances, but [...] READ MORE

December 31, 2019

We’ll be Fierce in 2020. Donate Today.
By The Breast Cancer Action Team 2019 is quickly winding down, but there’s still time! Your year-end donation will support Breast Cancer Action’s fierce independence in the coming year. We aren’t in the pocket of the breast cancer industry because we get the [...] READ MORE

December 28, 2019

SABCS 2019
by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Every year we go to the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), the largest breast cancer conference in the world, so we can bring you  updates and analysis of the latest breast cancer research and [...] READ MORE

December 26, 2019

Activism is How We Honor and Remember
By Zoe Christopher, Information and Resources Liaison I came to BCAction shortly after a friend was diagnosed – and she had a bilateral mastectomy in her early 40s. Another friend and fellow photographer, Debi, was diagnosed with triple negative breast c [...] READ MORE

December 23, 2019

SABCS 2019: Tiny treatment updates via Tweet
Over a thousand papers are presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium each year, and I attend more than 12 hours of presentations and discussions each day. It’s a lot to cover and I try to focus on the results that are most relevant and interesting t [...] READ MORE

December 20, 2019

SABCS 2019: Spending, Cost, and ‘Value’ of Breast Cancer Treatments
by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director  The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium is a study in contrasts every year. Expensive suits mingle with headscarves. Glossy industry promotions include details about horrible side effects of treatments. And rows of [...] READ MORE

December 19, 2019

SABCS 2019: Mixed Results for Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk
by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director A large, federally-funded study evaluating the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to reduce the risk of heart disease, bone loss, and other effects of menopause was stopped early in 2002 when researchers found more [...] READ MORE

December 18, 2019

SABCS 2019: Myriad Genetics’ Bullying Starts at the Top
by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Our modest display of materials doesn’t stand out among the sea of plush and glossy booths at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, enticing folks with fancy displays and tantalizing give-aways. It’s the people at our t [...] READ MORE

December 18, 2019

Supporting 30 Years of Uncompromising Activism
By The Board of Directors Next year marks Breast Cancer Action’s 30th anniversary. In the beginning, we were only a handful of women, living with and dying from breast cancer, who demanded answers and information about this disease. And thanks to our members [...] READ MORE

December 18, 2019

SABCS 2019: Less Surgery, But Still Some, For Breast Cancer
by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director When first diagnosed with cancer, it can feel like the surest, fastest way to get rid of it is to cut it out. So many newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are surprised to learn that surgery isn’t the first step in t [...] READ MORE

December 17, 2019

SABCS 2019: Why Finding More Cancer With MRI Isn’t Necessarily Better
by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director A Danish study published in November 2019 got widespread media coverage for showing that supplemental magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), using a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs [...] READ MORE

December 16, 2019

SABCS 2019: No Winners in Debate Over Treatment Options
by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Friday morning, SABCS opened with a debate that was hyped like a sporting event in an effort to spice up a pretty dry conference. The topic was about surgical options, which is a defining decision for a majority of people [...] READ MORE

December 13, 2019

SABCS 2019: Evaluating—and understanding—breast cancer studies at SABCS
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director                                           For 42 years, breast cancer researchers and doctors have been [...] READ MORE

December 12, 2019

SABCS 2019: T-DM1 tradeoffs: not worth the costs and side effects in early stage breast cancer
Just because there is an FDA approved treatment, should it be offered to everyone? Dr Tolaney from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute presented data (GS1-05) exploring whether it’s appropriate to use the monoclonal antibody T-DM1 to treat early stage HER2+ b [...] READ MORE

December 12, 2019

SABCS 2019: Good News and Unicorns on Day 1 of SABCS
by Karuna Jaggar,  Executive  Director I feel like I saw unicorn today. I began Day 1 of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium with this tweet: “Back for my 8th tour of breast cancer research at #SABCS19. Here’s what I’m 'still' looking for: [...] READ MORE

November 14, 2019

From the Executive Director: Pink Ribbon Culture, Gaslighting, and the Breast Cancer Epidemic
Editor’s Note: You may have seen Karuna’s recent op-ed, published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Pink-Ribbon Culture is Gaslighting Women. The op-ed struck a nerve for thousands of people and gave voice to what many of us have felt . It reached over 15,000 pe [...] READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Special Thanks: Fall 2019
Thank you to The Green Policy Institute, Silent Spring, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Endocrine Disruption Exchange for providing scientific advice and guidance for this year’s Think Before You Pink campaign. Thank you to our wonderful 2019 S [...] READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Donations in Honor and Memory: Fall 2019
Every day, Breast Cancer Action receives gifts honoring those who are living with or are affected by breast cancer. We also receive contributions to honor the passionate advocates, volunteers, medical professionals, and leaders of the breast cancer [...] READ MORE

November 13, 2019

Tell the FDA to Require Stronger Breast Implant Labeling
by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director We have an important opportunity right now to ensure that everyone considering breast implants has complete and balanced information about the risks and potential harms.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating [...] READ MORE

November 06, 2019

Thank You for Saying Never to Forever Chemicals
From The Breast Cancer Action Team  Every October our acclaimed Think Before You Pink® campaign holds pinkwashing corporations accountable for their role in the breast cancer epidemic. This year, we told 3M to Say Never to Forever [...] READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Voices from 3M’s Backyard
Suzanne Nash is the First Medicines Program Manager at the Indigenous Peoples Task Force (ITPF), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ITPF, which uses indigenous values and practices to improve wellness in local communities, is an endorsing partner for Breast [...] READ MORE

October 28, 2019

3M’s Toxic Legacy
By Courtney Markham-Abedi We spoke with people in communities affected by PFAS contamination around the country as part of our research for the Say Never to Forever Chemicals campaign targeting corporate giant 3M. We were inspired by [...] READ MORE

October 25, 2019

4 Reasons I’m Telling 3M No More PFAS!
By Jayla Burton   Many companies, like 3M, use pink ribbon promotions to distract from PR problems and convey an image of corporate responsibility. In 3M’s case, the company has been fending off health concerns – and a growing number of lawsuits – [...] READ MORE

October 15, 2019

Beyond the Pink
By Kara Kenan We spoke with people in communities affected by PFAS contamination around the country as part of our research for the Say Never to Forever Chemicals campaign targeting corporate giant 3M, We were inspired by these fierce activists and [...] READ MORE

October 09, 2019

PFAS Next Door
By Victoria Sittig Hicks We spoke with people in communities affected by PFAS contamination around the country as part of our research for the Say Never to Forever Chemicals campaign targeting corporate giant 3M. We were inspired by these fierce [...] READ MORE

October 03, 2019

My Experience With Forever Chemicals
We spoke with people in communities affected by PFAS contamination around the country as part of our research for the Say Never to Forever Chemicals campaign targeting corporate giant 3M, We were inspired by these fierce activists and are pleased to share [...] READ MORE

October 01, 2019

Tell 3M: Say Never to Forever Chemicals
By Karuna Jagger, Executive Director Each October, multibillion-dollar corporations try to make money off breast cancer by telling us to buy their products to “support a good cause.” When 3M markets pink ribbon products, but also produces toxic for [...] READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Waterproof–and Health Resistant
by Zoe Christopher, Resource Liaison and Office Manager                                                          [...] READ MORE

September 18, 2019

Member Spotlight: Ken Russo
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager When you talk to Ken Russo, you can hear the passion in his voice. In his professional life he’s worn many hats – from record company executive to gourmet grocery store proprietor. But it was after retiring that he found his t [...] READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Get Ready For Pinktober!
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer At Breast Cancer Action, we've long called October “Breast Cancer Industry Month” because Breast Cancer Awareness Month has always been more about corporate profit than our health. And we're already seeing lots of pink a [...] READ MORE

September 05, 2019

Your Walgreens Win: You Spoke Up and Walgreens Listened
By Jayla Burton, Program Officer My first experience with the breast cancer industry was during a fundraiser for my high school. We were separated into teams and tasked with raising money to support breast cancer research, and there was a prize for the team [...] READ MORE

August 13, 2019

Early-bird tickets are now available – Food for Thought – Oct 16
By The Breast Cancer Action Team Get your early-bird tickets now for our 9th Annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink – Food for Thought benefit event on October 16. Ticket prices will go up after September 20 - get your tickets today and tell your f [...] READ MORE

August 05, 2019

End Our Fossil-Fueled Health Crisis
We’ve been busy since last May, when along with health and environmental organizations we launched the Last Chance Alliance. We are urging California Governor Gavin Newsom to put an end to fracking and dangerous drilling practices that threaten our health and [...] READ MORE

July 19, 2019

Welcome to Our New Program Officer, Jayla Burton
By Connie Matthiessen, Communications Manager We're very happy to introduce you to Jayla Burton who joined Breast Cancer Action's staff as our Program Officer in July.  Jayla is a graduate student at the University of San Francisco pursuing dual [...] READ MORE

July 12, 2019

Take Our 2019 Member Survey!
It’s your turn!    We reach out to you frequently with important updates and actions. Now we want to hear from you!    We’re developing a new strategic plan for Breast Cancer Action that will build on our current work and shape our dir [...] READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Welcome to Our New Communications Manager, Connie Matthiessen
By Kira Jones, Communications Manager We’re very happy to introduce you to Connie Matthiessen who joined Breast Cancer Action’s staff as our Communications Manager in June. Connie Matthiessen is a Bay Area journalist and writer whose work has focused on hea [...] READ MORE

June 21, 2019

Special Thanks: Summer 2019
We could not do this work without the support of so many members and volunteers. Thank you to Alan Kleinschmidt and the San Francisco Choral Society for complimentary tickets for our staff, board & volunteers to their wonderful performances! Thank [...] READ MORE

June 21, 2019

Donations in Honor and Memory: Summer 2019
Every day, Breast Cancer Action receives gifts honoring those who are living with or are affected by breast cancer. We also receive contributions to honor the passionate advocates, volunteers, medical professionals, and leaders of the breast cancer [...] READ MORE

June 21, 2019

From the Executive Director: People-Powered and Powerful!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director “The power in people is stronger than people in power.” I don’t know who first uttered this phrase, but I do know that Breast Cancer Action has always been a people-powered organization. Since our founding nearly 30 years [...] READ MORE

June 21, 2019

X-Rays: Are We Overexposed?
by Ellen Leopold Dormant since the 1980s, public fear of radiation now seems to be on the rise again. There is no longer any dispute about radiation’s carcinogenic effects. We have known for almost a century that radiation can damage genetic material and t [...] READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Join Our Executive Director in North Carolina on June 25!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director I’m heading to North Carolina next week! I’m attending an American Association for Cancer Research conference on environmental approaches to cancer prevention. While I’m in town, I’ll be the keynote speaker at a Lunch &am [...] READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Welcome to Our Summer Interns!
By Kira Jones, Communications Manager We’re excited to introduce you to our summer interns: Kavya Narendra-Babu, our Communications Intern, Emma Strand, our Strategic Planning Interns, and Edwina Wong, our Think Before You Pink® Intern. We’re thrilled to have [...] READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Tecentriq Update from ASCO
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Just three months after premature approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), new data released at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) challenges the earlier hype surrounding Roche's immunotherapy [...] READ MORE

June 04, 2019

Don’t Let Companies Patent Human Genes Again!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   Congress is moving quickly with a plan to let companies patent human genes—overturning our historic Supreme Court win against Myriad Genetics!   The notion that a company can own human genes is fundamentally a [...] READ MORE

June 04, 2019

Get Your Tickets For This Year’s Acting Out!
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager   Tickets are now available for the 7th Annual Acting Out - For the Health of It variety show and fundraiser. This year we’re holding the event at PianoFight, an intimate, community-driven venue in the h [...] READ MORE

June 03, 2019

Announcing the Barbara Brenner Breast Cancer Activist Scholarship
By Susie Lampert, long-time BCAction supporter [caption id="attachment_11860" align="alignright" width="200"] Barbara Brenner (L) and Susie Lampert[/caption] Barbara Brenner was Breast Cancer Action’s executive director from 1995 to 2010. Under her l [...] READ MORE

May 31, 2019

#OurLastChance
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   With your support we are building a national movement to end fracking and dangerous drilling practices that harm our health and increase our risk of cancer.   That's why Breast Cancer Action, along [...] READ MORE

May 07, 2019

Why We Need to Pass the Lymphedema Treatment Act
By Alexandra Fraser, Breast Cancer Action and BAYS member Finally, the lymphedema complication I’ve been dreading for the past few years came to pass -- the skin infection cellulitis. A few weeks ago, I was leading a conference call when I felt itching and b [...] READ MORE

May 03, 2019

My Mommy Got A Water Arm
This piece was originally published in Agony and Absurdity: Adventures in Cancerland: Young Women and Breast Cancer, An Anthology. The author, Alexandra Fraser, is a Breast Cancer Action and BAYS member who supports the passage of the Lymphedema [...] READ MORE

April 30, 2019

We’re So Close!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our members this month, and now we’re just $3,200 from meeting our $25,000 spring fundraising goal. Today is the deadline to give. Chip in now and help us reach our goa [...] READ MORE

April 29, 2019

Demand Equal Access for Lymphedema Treatment
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   Hundreds of thousands of people go without essential medical supplies and compression garments to treat their lymphedema because Congress has failed to pass the Lymphedema Treatment Act. We need your help [...] READ MORE

April 18, 2019

What’s at Stake
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Last month’s hearings about breast implants vividly and heartbreakingly revealed what’s at stake when companies are allowed to sell medical devices that have never been proven to be safe. Dozens of women testified about [...] READ MORE

April 12, 2019

From the Executive Director: Conflict Free, So We Can Tell the Truth
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director My introduction to breast cancer was more than 20 years ago, with the shocking diagnosis of a beloved family member. I jumped into the deep end. I learned everything I could about the disease, traveled out of state to [...] READ MORE

April 12, 2019

Welcome to Our New Board Members
By Kira Jones, Communications Manager Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is a remarkable group of people who set the vision for Breast Cancer Action and lead the organization by determining organizational policy, assuring the organization’s f [...] READ MORE

April 12, 2019

Special Thanks: Spring 2019
We could not do this work without the support of so many members and volunteers. Thank you to Carol Fong for her ongoing assistance in the office. Thank you to Alan Kleinschmidt and the San Francisco Choral Society for complimentary tickets for [...] READ MORE

April 12, 2019

Donations in Honor and Memory: Spring 2019
Every day, Breast Cancer Action receives gifts honoring those who are living with or are affected by breast cancer. We also receive contributions to honor the passionate advocates, volunteers, medical professionals, and leaders of the breast cancer [...] READ MORE

April 11, 2019

Who Can You Turn To?
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   A breast diagnosis comes with a lot of decisions, opinions, and way too much information. And a simple Google search can call up conflicting pieces of information, because each source has their own agenda. It’s u [...] READ MORE

April 06, 2019

FDA Drug Approval; Walgreens Says “Battle Beautifully”
By Kira Jones, Communications Manager   Our blog separates media hype from real progress and provides the balanced, conflict-free analysis of breast cancer related issues you need to separate the hype of headlines from what really matters for anyone at [...] READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Welcome to Our New Deputy Director Rebecca Saltzman
We’re very happy to introduce you to Rebecca Saltzman, who joined Breast Cancer Action's staff as our Deputy Director in March. Rebecca has spent the past two decades as a policy advocate, coalition builder, grassroots organizer, and manager with local [...] READ MORE

April 04, 2019

We Deserve Better Than Dr. Google
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director We’ve probably all done it. Even if we know we shouldn’t. We’ve turned to the internet when we’ve got questions about our health. But when it comes to reliable breast cancer information, we all deserve better than “Dr. Goog [...] READ MORE

April 03, 2019

Testimony to the FDA on the Safety of Breast Implants and the Right of Patients to Know the Risks
By Kira Jones, Communications Manager Our concerns about breast implants have long been dismissed, but last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to take another look at the safety of breast implants during two days of hearings. We're proud to [...] READ MORE

March 25, 2019

Want to Join Our Team?
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Are you looking to be a part of an integrity-filled, gritty, hard-working, activist community? Are you a bold, outspoken, and compassionate truth-teller?  Want to join our team? Check out what jobs and internships [...] READ MORE

March 21, 2019

Treating breast cancer as a recurrent—not chronic—disease
By Barbara A. Brenner As everyone familiar with breast cancer knows, there is no available cure for metastatic breast cancer (breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to life-sustaining organs). In fact, metastatic breast cancer will kill a woman [...] READ MORE

March 20, 2019

First Immunotherapy Approval for Breast Cancer Doesn’t Mark a Win for Patients
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent approval of the first immunotherapy drug for breast cancer has been hailed as “exciting” and “revolutionary” by some in the medical field. At Breast Cancer Action, we’r [...] READ MORE

March 18, 2019

Now Walgreens Wants us to Battle Beautifully
If you’ve seen the new Walgreens video targeting people living with cancer, chances are you also had a rush of anger, starting with the cringe-worthy title of the video: “Feel More Like You: Battle Beautifully.” Read Brandi McFarland's scene-by-scene bre [...] READ MORE

March 08, 2019

Before You Walk for Breast Cancer
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Even though it’s been raining here in California—or snowing where you are—across the country people are beginning to register for breast cancer walks or runs in anticipation of sunnier days. Every spring, breast cance [...] READ MORE

January 25, 2019

A Day of Activism in Motor City
By Kira Jones, Communications Manager Last week, I was in Detroit putting pressure on Ford Motor Company with a day of action, building on our 2018 Think Before You Pink® campaign, "Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer." In case you missed our real time [...] READ MORE

January 03, 2019

Thank You!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Thank you for your tireless support in 2018—whenever we reached out to the Breast Cancer Action community you answered with your voice, your time, and your donations. Thank you for not only helping us surpass our f [...] READ MORE

December 27, 2018

Our Year-End Match Starts Now!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director We’re wrapping up 2018 with a MATCH donation drive! Make a year-end gift to Breast Cancer Action now and it will be matched dollar-for-dollar. All year, you’ve taken action with us and proven again and again that we’ [...] READ MORE

December 21, 2018

Because Breast Cancer is Personal
By Karuna Jaggar Breast Cancer Action’s work is deeply personal.   Join me by making a year-end donation in honor or memory of a loved one.  Our stories join us. And by taking action together, we remember and honor our loved ones by working f [...] READ MORE

December 18, 2018

Donate Today. Because Health Justice is a Human Right.
By Board of Directors, Breast Cancer Action At Breast Cancer Action, we believe health justice is a human right. And by joining us now, you are helping to put people’s health and well-being over corporate profits.  Your donation of $50 or more m [...] READ MORE

December 12, 2018

SABCS 2018 & Other Updates
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Kira and I are back from a week in San Antonio for the largest breast cancer conference in the world—the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). It’s always great to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Thi [...] READ MORE

December 12, 2018

Do Something Besides Worry
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director It’s no accident that our founders chose the name Breast Cancer Action. Action leads to change and is a powerful antidote to the pervasive fear and sadness surrounding the disease. This truth is the foundation of our e [...] READ MORE

December 12, 2018

Heartfelt Gratitude and Huge Congrats to Joyce Bichler on her Retirement after 10 years as Breast Cancer Action’s Deputy Director
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director After 10 years of sharing her wide-ranging talents with Breast Cancer Action as our Deputy Director, Joyce Bichler will retire at the end of December. If there’s one thing that cancer activism teaches you, it’s that two se [...] READ MORE

December 11, 2018

SABCS 2018: The Hardest Things Matter Most: Disparities and Inequities in Breast Cancer
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Every person’s experience with cancer is different. And both patients and providers agree that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to breast cancer. Screening decisions are individual. And treatment decisions are dri [...] READ MORE

December 08, 2018

SABCS 2018: Changes with Radiation Treatment on the Horizon
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Because so many breast cancer patients live for many years after their initial treatment, and even some metastatic breast cancer patients are living longer, there’s a growing focus on striking the right balance of t [...] READ MORE

December 07, 2018

SABCS 2018: Hormone Therapy Before or Even Without Surgery?
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Susan Love says “Surgery is a dying art. Which is great since surgery is a last resort.” But for many years, before radiology departments took over these tasks, surgeons did breast biopsies and delivered the news about a [...] READ MORE

December 07, 2018

SABCS 2018: Happy and Hopeful about Less Hormone Therapy
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Some of you who follow me on Twitter know that I live tweet at #SABCS, providing relatively real-time updates and analysis of the research being presented. One of my most “liked” tweets—and the number keeps growing—is this [...] READ MORE

December 07, 2018

SABCS 2018: Gene Sequencing and Genetic Testing
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, the land of tech—and $5 cups of coffee (and I don’t mean a cappuccino, I mean plain old coffee). But tech is doing more than driving up the cost of living, especially housing, in the B [...] READ MORE

December 06, 2018

SABCS 2018: Sleepless in San Antonio? Standard of Care May Change After Wednesday
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director On Tuesday before SABCS officially opened, one provider joked about the eager anticipation surrounding the KATHERINE Trial: “It’s like Christmas Eve, will we be able to sleep tonight?” In addition to the KATHERINE study ( [...] READ MORE

December 06, 2018

SABCS 2018: 41 Years of SABCS and Cancer Still Sucks
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director It’s the first day of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) and it’s already clear we’re going to run out of our trademark “Cancer Sucks” buttons. (Consider this my personal tip to you, if you’re here, to swing b [...] READ MORE

November 28, 2018

We Crushed Our Goal, Thanks to You!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director  When you give activists a challenge they don’t just rise up, they prove what’s possible when we join together!  We crushed it yesterday! We surpassed our #GivingTuesday goal: 170 Breast Cancer Action members do [...] READ MORE

November 26, 2018

Help Us Raise $50,000 This #GivingTuesday
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   When you donate to Breast Cancer Action before midnight tomorrow, your #GivingTuesday gift will be DOUBLED.    As people everywhere give back to nonprofits as an alternative to the consumerism that [...] READ MORE

November 20, 2018

From the Executive Director: Universal Healthcare and a Step Toward Health Justice
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Over the years, I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve said: “We don’t have nearly enough to show for the billions of dollars raised in the name of breast cancer.” In 2018, it’s estimated that 268,670 people will be d [...] READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Donations in Honor and Memory: Fall 2018
Every day, Breast Cancer Action receives gifts honoring those who are living with or affected by breast cancer. We also receive contributions to honor the passionate advocates, volunteers, medical professionals and leaders of the breast cancer movement. Many [...] READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Special Thanks: Fall 2018
We could not do this work without the support of so many members and volunteers. Thank you to Alan Kleinschmidt and the San Francisco Choral Society for complimentary tickets for our staff, board & volunteers to their wonderful performances. Thank [...] READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Our Comments to the EPA re: the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Rule
On July 17, we submitted our official comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with regard to their proposed rule to restrict science. The comment period for the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule closed August 16, 2018 [...] READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Welcome to Our New Board Members
By Kira Jones, Communications Manager Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is a remarkable group of people who set the vision for Breast Cancer Action and lead the organization by determining organizational policy, assuring the organization’s f [...] READ MORE

November 20, 2018

If You’re as Hungry for Change as We Are, Apply Today
Are you looking to be a part of an integrity-filled, gritty, hard-working, activist community? Are you a bold, brave, outspoken, fearless, and compassionate truth-teller? So is Breast Cancer Action! We’re hungry for change. We don’t sit on the sidelines, and w [...] READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Triple Negative Breast Cancer and Atezolizumab
By Joyce Bichler, Deputy Director Recent news that some patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancer live longer with immunotherapy plus chemotherapy was cheered by many in the breast cancer community and sparked renewed excitement about the [...] READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Thank YOU for Calling out Ford Motor Company for Driving up the Risk of Breast Cancer
From The Breast Cancer Action Team Ford Motor Company says they’re “dedicated to helping” those touched by breast cancer. It’s a line they’ve been feeding us for decades and it's part of their pink smoke screen that tries to cover up the truth—that the cancer [...] READ MORE

November 15, 2018

Your Gift Will be Doubled This #GivingTuesday!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   #GivingTuesday is November 27. And thanks to the generosity of Lesbians for Good at Horizons Foundation, every dollar you donate will matched up to $25,000!   #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving [...] READ MORE

November 06, 2018

Vote Like Your Life Depends on It—Because It Might
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director It’s been just over a year since I was diagnosed with cancer. And to mark that unfortunate anniversary, I’ve been doing whatever I can to ensure that my friends, family, and community vote tomorrow to protect and expand he [...] READ MORE

October 19, 2018

Ford Motors Company’s Pink Smoke Screen
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   Tell Ford Motor Company you can see right through their pink-tinted smoke screen to the truth.   Ford says they are “dedicated to fueling the spirit” of those living with breast cancer, but the exh [...] READ MORE

October 16, 2018

Thank You for a Powerful & Inspiring Evening!
By The Breast Cancer Action Team Thanks to each and every one of you who supported and joined us last night at our 8th annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink - Food for Thought fundraising dinner. What a powerful and energizing evening!   We [...] READ MORE

October 09, 2018

Tell Ford Motors to Stop Pinkwashing!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Ford Motor Company runs the Warriors in Pink program, which they say is “dedicated to helping those touched by breast cancer.” But the truth is auto exhaust from their cars and trucks increases the risk of breast [...] READ MORE

October 05, 2018

Do Something Besides Worry
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager This past week has been rough for many of us. One thing I know is that, in these uncertain times, it’s important to do something besides worry.  Our founders knew this and it’s what motivates us in our wor [...] READ MORE

October 01, 2018

Tell This Pinkwasher: “Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer!™”
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   What do you call it when a giant auto company says they’re “dedicated to helping those touched by breast cancer,” but their vehicles drive up the risk of the disease? We call it pinkwashing.    And this Bre [...] READ MORE

September 25, 2018

Early-Bird Ticket Deadline Extended – Get Your Tickets Today!
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager Good news! We've extended the Early-Bird deadline through this Friday, September 28. Haven't got your ticket for our 8th Annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink - Food for Thought fundraising dinner yet? Now is your last chance [...] READ MORE

September 18, 2018

Pinktober is Coming. Get Ready.
By Kira Jones, Communications Manager "Do something besides worry." I was struck by the simple power of this slogan when I first came to Breast Cancer Action for a summer internship in 2007. Now, as the Communications Manager for this radical and [...] READ MORE

September 11, 2018

Mass Action This Thursday! Will You Join Us?
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   The call for health justice and climate justice is strong! Thanks to each of you who joined us along with over 30,000 people in the streets of San Francisco at the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice march on [...] READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Take to the Streets with Breast Cancer Action Sept. 8 & 13
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   Our founders and earliest members knew the impact of protest and the power of direct action. “Do something besides worry” was an early mantra. And it’s one thing that’s always set Breast Cancer Action [...] READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Food for Thought 2018 – Don’t miss out!
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager Our 8th Annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink – Food for Thought dinner is next month. And we’re excited to see everyone who’s already purchased their tickets! Don't miss out on what's sure to be a powerful evening. Early [...] READ MORE

August 28, 2018

March with Breast Cancer Action to Demand Gov. Brown Stop Fueling Cancer
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director March with us on September 8 to demand Gov. Jerry Brown stop fueling cancer!   For far too long, fracking and other forms of oil and gas extraction have threatened our health and our lives. The time for action [...] READ MORE

August 17, 2018

We’re All at Risk. Make Your Voice Heard!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   Fossil fuels are fueling cancer.   That’s why we and over 800 coalition partners are escalating our tactics to keep the pressure on California’s Governor Jerry Brown, as part of the #BrownsLastChance cam [...] READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Only Two Days Left: Submit Your Comment to the EPA
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director   You only have two days left to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject the #CensoringScience rule.   The agency is considering a rule that would radically limit its ability to [...] READ MORE

August 08, 2018

Food for Thought 2018 – Early Bird Tickets Available!
  By Lopa Pal, Development Manager Every October we challenge the cancer industry and go after the most egregious pinkwasher of the year. Join us October 15 for our 8th annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink - Food for [...] READ MORE

July 20, 2018

Save The Date for Food for Thought!
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager Every October we challenge the cancer industry and go after the most egregious pinkwasher of the year. Campaign planning is underway. And we want to invite you to join us on October 15 for our 8th annual Action Speaks L [...] READ MORE

July 17, 2018

Our Comments to the EPA re: the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Rule
Yesterday, we submitted our official comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with regard to their proposed rule to restrict science. The EPA is currently accepting comments until August 16, 2018 on the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory [...] READ MORE

July 17, 2018

Tell the EPA “Don’t Censor Science!”
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Together with our allies and partners, we forced Scott Pruitt to resign earlier this month as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But before he went, he proposed a rule that would radically limit [...] READ MORE

July 10, 2018

And the Winner is…
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director California’s Governor has put the interests of Big Oil ahead of the health of millions of people. That’s why this morning we proudly joined with our #BrownsLastChance campaign partners to give Gov. Brown the first-ever Po [...] READ MORE

July 02, 2018

Welcome to Our New Board Member: Lee Ann Slinkard
By Kira Jones, Communications Manager Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is a remarkable group of people who set the vision for Breast Cancer Action and lead the organization by determining organizational policy, assuring the organization’s financial sec [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2018

From the Executive Director: A Deep Sense of Urgency
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director My feet are sore, but my heart is strong. Like many of you, I’ve been protesting a range of issues—three protests in six days. Here’s what I’ve been drawing inspiration from. Civil rights leader and Congressperson John Lew [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Donations in Honor and Memory: Summer 2018
Every day, Breast Cancer Action receives gifts honoring those who are living with or affected by breast cancer. We also receive contributions to honor the passionate advocates, volunteers, medical professionals and leaders of the breast cancer movement. Many [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Welcome to Our New Board Member: Yamini Ranchod
By Kira Jones, Communications Manager Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is a remarkable group of people who set the vision for Breast Cancer Action and lead the organization by determining organizational policy, assuring the organization’s financial sec [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Special Thanks: Summer 2018
We could not do this work without the support of so many members and volunteers. Thank you to Alan Kleinschmidt and the San Francisco Choral Society for complimentary tickets to their wonderful performances for our staff, board & volunteers. Thank yo [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2018

We’re Hiring!
Want to work at Breast Cancer Action? We're looking for a full-time Campaigns Coordinator to join our small, but mighty team. Come work with us to help achieve health justice for all women at risk of & living with breast cancer. Read more about the [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Free Webinar: 5 Years After the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Gene Patents: Where do We Stand?
On June 13, 2018, we celebrated the 5th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling to overturn one company’s patent on the human BRCA 1 and 2 genes with a webinar featuring the two women who propelled this historic case to victory! Learn about the [...] READ MORE

June 22, 2018

Free Webinar: At Cancer’s Margins: Sexual and Gender Marginality in Cancer Health and Experiences of Care
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director We’re excited to announce our next free webinar, At Cancer’s Margins: Sexual and Gender Marginality in Cancer Health and Experiences of Care. This webinar will examine the resiliencies, biographical transitions, knowl [...] READ MORE

June 15, 2018

Hey, Hey! Ho, Ho! Toxic Chemicals Have Got to Go!
By Kaunra Jaggar, Executive Director Why is a breast cancer organization working on what some people consider a climate change issue? Because fracking and dangerous drilling threatens our health, as well as the planet. Join us in calling on California’s [...] READ MORE

June 08, 2018

You Have our Back Month After Month After Month
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager As the Development Manager at Breast Cancer Action my job is to make sure that we have the resources we need to do our one-of-a-kind work. I know just how important each and every donor’s gift is. And I am especially grate [...] READ MORE

June 05, 2018

When a Huge Step Forward is Rolling Back a Common Treatment: The TAILORx Study Means Fewer Women Need Chemotherapy
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director When we speak about advances in medicine, most people think of new treatments that work better than existing treatments, or maybe work as well as existing treatments but come with fewer side effects. Rarely is a reduction [...] READ MORE

May 22, 2018

ACTION NEEDED TODAY: House Expected to Vote on Dangerous Right to Try Bill
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Senate’s “Right to Try” bill (S.204) TODAY. Help us stop this dangerous piece of legislation! Call and email your Representative right now! Tell them to put patie [...] READ MORE

May 19, 2018

BREAKING: Dangerous Right to Try Bill Close to Becoming Law
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator ACTION NEEDED! We just learned that the House of Representatives is planning to vote as early as Tuesday on the Senate’s Right to Try bill (S.204)—a bill that’s significantly worse than the House version you helped us [...] READ MORE

May 16, 2018

Don’t Wait. We Need Your Help.
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Cancer sucks. And we know we're not to blame for our breast cancer. That's why we're fighting the breast cancer industry and challenging mainstream breast cancer narratives that focus on our lifestyle choices and tell us [...] READ MORE

May 11, 2018

Help Us Change the Status Quo. Donate Today.
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director There’s so much that needs to be done right now to challenge the breast cancer industry. And we know that when people like you and me join together to demand a better world, we can and do win, against the odds. We can [...] READ MORE

May 02, 2018

This is What the #CancerResistance Looks Like
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Breast Cancer Action has always been a radical cancer organization—from our founders to our ever-growing community of fierce, persistent activists. That’s because women’s bodies and women’s health have always been social j [...] READ MORE

April 27, 2018

Heartfelt Gratitude
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director We want to thank you. I know you’ve been hearing from us a lot lately. That’s because we need you more than ever these days, to help push back on an ever growing number of threats to our health, now and for years to co [...] READ MORE

April 20, 2018

The Fight’s Not Over on Right to Try!
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator The Senate is back from recess and they’re getting down to business. We need to make sure their business is protecting our health. We know a vote is coming on “Right to Try.” It’s the only bill President Trump mention [...] READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Gov. Brown’s Last Chance to Protect the Health of Women
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator We're proud to join over 750 environmental, labor, health and social justice groups to launch a campaign calling on Governor Jerry Brown to phase out dirty fossil fuels and stop all new oil and gas infrastructure in [...] READ MORE

April 05, 2018

From the Executive Director: Cancer Didn’t Make Me Wiser—Just More Committed
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director In March, I came back to work after being out on medical leave for cancer treatment. I am returning with a renewed commitment to the work and mission of Breast Cancer Action. I'm more inspired than ever by the dedicated [...] READ MORE

April 05, 2018

Spotlight: Our Amazing 3rd Party Fundraisers
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager Every donation to Breast Cancer Action is an investment in health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer, and an important form of grassroots activism. We’re grateful to have so many people all across [...] READ MORE

April 05, 2018

At-Home Breast Cancer Test Nothing to Celebrate
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director This piece was originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle.  I am not celebrating that the Food and Drug Administration just approved, for the first time, an at-home genetic testing kit to predict the risk of [...] READ MORE

April 05, 2018

Welcome New Board Member: Amy Cho
Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is a remarkable group of people who set the vision for Breast Cancer Action and lead the organization by determining organizational policy, assuring the organization’s financial security, and representing Breast Cancer Act [...] READ MORE

April 05, 2018

Our Free Webinar: Right to Try vs. False Hope
[caption id="attachment_17031" align="alignright" width="200"] Alison Bateman-House, MPH, PhD[/caption] Learn about the alarming and controversial drug access legislation known as “Right to Try.” Some breast cancer patients seek experimental drugs and tre [...] READ MORE

April 05, 2018

Special Thanks: Spring 2018
We could not do this work without the support of so many members and volunteers. Thank you to our Board of Directors for bringing our first (and incredibly yummy) group lunch and beautiful flowers to our new office! Thank you to Stephanie McBride for all [...] READ MORE

April 05, 2018

Donations in Honor and Memory: Spring 2018
Every day, Breast Cancer Action receives gifts honoring those who are living with or affected by breast cancer. We also receive contributions to honor the passionate advocates, volunteers, medical professionals and leaders of the breast cancer movement. Many [...] READ MORE

March 29, 2018

The Senate is on recess. Now’s the time to fight Right to Try!
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator Last week the House passed a misleading and dangerous bill known as “Right to Try.” But we have a chance to stop the bill when it goes to the Senate. The time to make your voice heard is right now! Senators are in the [...] READ MORE

March 28, 2018

We Moved!
By The Breast Cancer Action Team It’s an exciting time for Breast Cancer Action. Last week, we moved to our new offices, just a few blocks from the space we called our home for the past four years. We’ve got a new home, but our work hasn’t changed. And as we [...] READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Wow! What A Night
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Wow! What a night! I feel so energized and inspired! Thank you for making yesterday’s 6th annual Acting Out – For the Health of It a success! If you weren’t able to join us last night, it’s not too late to make a donation [...] READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Right To Try Is False Hope
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director This piece was originally published on Cancer Health There is no right way to deal with the devastating news that you’ve run out of treatment options as a dying or desperately ill patient. And opposing so-called Right to [...] READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Urgent Action to Protect Patients Safeguards—House Votes Tuesday
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Far from giving patients new rights, the so-called “Right to Try” bill before the House actually takes away essential safeguards that protect patients. So-called “Right to Try” bills are another of the current adm [...] READ MORE

March 07, 2018

FDA-Approved Breast Cancer DNA Test by 23andMe May do More Harm than Good
By Joyce Bichler, Deputy Director Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time approved an at-home genetic testing kit without a doctor’s prescription to predict the risk of breast cancer. While there’s no doubt the move will be cel [...] READ MORE

February 23, 2018

Why Aren’t You Seeing More of Us?
By Kira Jones, Communications Officer If you follow us on Facebook, you may have noticed that you’re not seeing our posts as frequently. That’s because Facebook recently changed the way you see content. But there’s an easy fix to ensure you don’t miss out on [...] READ MORE

February 22, 2018

You Don’t Want to Miss This
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager Don’t miss the 6th Annual Acting Out – for the Health of It, our annual fundraiser and variety show March 15 in San Francisco! From dance to comedy, live music to spoken word performances, this will be a fun and provocative ev [...] READ MORE

February 16, 2018

Right to Try is a Scam. Tell Your Rep. to Oppose the Bill
Help keep the pressure on! Congress is moving quickly to push forward the controversial drug access legislation known as “Right to Try." That’s why it’s more important than ever that we make our voices heard. Email or call your representative today and tell t [...] READ MORE

February 10, 2018

Tell Your Representatives to Vote NO on Right to Try!
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator For someone living with a serious disease, including women with terminal breast cancer, experimental drugs and treatments can offer a last hope when conventional options have run out. Luckily, the U.S. Food and Drug [...] READ MORE

February 08, 2018

Acting Out 2018 – Meet Our Amazing Performers!
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager Looking for a fun, provocative evening filled with bold performers who all share a commitment to health justice? How about an event where you can connect with your community and celebrate shared values? Join us for the 6 [...] READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Don’t forget! Free webinar: Right to Try vs. False Hope
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator Register today for our next free webinar Wednesday, February 7 at 1pm ET / 10am PT to learn about the alarming and controversial drug access legislation known as “Right to Try.” Some breast cancer patients seek exp [...] READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Acting Out Variety Show and Fundraiser – Save the Date!
By The Breast Cancer Action Team We're excited to announce that our 6th Annual variety show and fundraiser, Acting Out – for the Health of It, is coming up soon on March 15 in San Francisco, CA. Events like this are a way to connect with your community, and [...] READ MORE

January 24, 2018

Free Webinar: Right to Try vs. False Hope
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator  We’re excited to announce our second free webinar of 2018! On Wednesday, February 7 at 1pm ET / 10am PT join us to learn about the alarming and controversial drug access legislation known as “Right to Try.” This webina [...] READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Join Us to Deliver 75k+ Petition Signatures to Gov. Brown
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator Last November we asked you to sign and share our petition telling California legislators to get oil money out of the state’s politics. Now we’re asking you to join us for a petition delivery and press conference at Calif [...] READ MORE

January 13, 2018

FDA Grants Expanded Approval to AstraZeneca’s Lynparza (Olaparib)
By Joyce Bichler, Deputy Director Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the approved use of the drug olaparib (brand name Lynparza). Olaparib is the first drug of its class (PARP inhibitor) approved to treat HER2-negative metastatic breast [...] READ MORE

January 04, 2018

Free Webinar- Priced Out: The High Cost of Cancer Drugs
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator High drug prices mean treatments are out of reach for many people who desperately need them. We've reported for years on the ever-rising costs of cancer drugs. And while there seems to be no end in sight to the [...] READ MORE

December 30, 2017

Last Chance! Donate Today.
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December 21, 2017

Honor a Loved One With a Gift in Their Name
By Yamini Ranchod, Breast Cancer Action member As a 31-year-old living with a breast cancer diagnosis and a young mother worrying about my future and my young daughter’s future, I don’t need people to buy another pink-ribbon product in my name. What I [...] READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Science Matters. Evidence Matters.
By The Breast Cancer Action Team We have a long history of making sure women have EVIDENCE-BASED information about breast cancer. And we’re not about to give that up anytime soon. But we need your help! By making your year-end donation right now you're [...] READ MORE

December 18, 2017

In Times Like These, What Would Barbara Brenner Do?
By Susie Lampert  Health activists are tough. They publicly take principled positions and are always faced with people who disagree with them. But they want to make the world better—for people they don’t even know. Their goals are about more than just how the [...] READ MORE

December 14, 2017

Your Help Now is Crucial!
By Ngina Lythcott, Breast Cancer Action Board Member & Byllye Avery, Health Activist and Supporter of Breast Cancer Action I met Byllye when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer and for 29 years we have walked this path together. We celebrate my [...] READ MORE

December 13, 2017

SABCS 2017: Optimal Duration and Dosing of Adjuvant Chemotherapy is Still Unclear
By Joyce Bichler, Deputy Director Dosing and the duration of adjuvant chemotherapy was a prominent theme in the first two days of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). Adjuvant chemotherapy is a very common treatment for breast cancer [...] READ MORE

December 13, 2017

Time to Bring it Home! Pass the Lymphedema Treatment Act
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator When lymph nodes are removed or damaged during breast cancer treatment, it can cause a condition known as lymphedema that results in painful swelling of the limbs. It’s estimated that up to 53 percent of women with b [...] READ MORE

December 08, 2017

A Message from Sandra Steingraber
By Sandra Steingraber, Ecologist, Anti-fracking Activist, and Author After my mother was suddenly admitted to the hospital in 1974, my Aunt Lucy told me “She has what Mrs. Ford has.” So I immediately headed to the school library to research what was wron [...] READ MORE

December 08, 2017

SABCS 2017: Progress, Yes. But it’s Too Soon to be Celebrating
By Joyce Bichler, Deputy Director This year is the 40th anniversary of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) and symposium leaders are using the occasion to call for celebration. But as I prepared to attend the conference, celebrating was certainly [...] READ MORE

December 04, 2017

Knowing the Threats We’re Facing
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Our work is centered on breast cancer, but our impact goes far beyond the disease. We connect the dots between issues and we work at the intersection of feminism, environmental justice, and health activism. Plus, you [...] READ MORE

November 30, 2017

Tell Swing Senators to Vote NO on GOP Tax Scam!
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator The Senate is voting on a tax bill TODAY that would result in 13 million more uninsured people and drastically raise premiums. Low- and middle-income Americans will be hit the hardest by this bill, along with anyone who [...] READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Thank YOU!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director  A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us exceed our #GivingTuesday goal yesterday—together 176 Breast Cancer Action members raised $24,136 to fund our work! Your response to our #GivingTuesday match was awesome and beca [...] READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Help us Crush our SECOND #GivingTuesday Match
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Breaking! Your response to our #GivingTuesday match has been awesome! We're thrilled to announce a SECOND match: An anonymous donor has offered an additional dollar-for-dollar match up to $5,000. Because o [...] READ MORE

November 28, 2017

It’s #GivingTuesday – All Gifts Will be MATCHED
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Today is #GivingTuesday and every dollar you donate to Breast Cancer Action will be DOUBLED! Thanks to the generosity of long-time donor Ambassador James Hormel and his husband Michael Nguyen, each dollar you donate wi [...] READ MORE

November 27, 2017

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday and every dollar you donate to Breast Cancer Action will be DOUBLED! Thanks to the generosity of long-time donor Ambassador James Hormel and his husband Michael Nguyen, each dollar you donate w [...] READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Special Thanks: Fall 2017
We could not do this work without the support of so many members and volunteers. Thank you to Ira Wood, host of WOMR's The Low Down, for having Karuna on the show and for the great interview . Thank you to Becky Berman for her awesome smarts and e [...] READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Welcome to Staff Member Kate Frisher
We are very happy to introduce you to Kate Frisher, who joined Breast Cancer Action staff as our Campaigns Coordinator in July. Tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to BCAction. I’m originally from the Bay Area and have spent the last s [...] READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Donations in Honor and Memory: Fall 2017
Every day, Breast Cancer Action receives gifts honoring those who are living with or affected by breast cancer. We also receive contributions to honor the passionate advocates, volunteers, medical professionals and leaders of the breast cancer movement. Many [...] READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Making it Count: Why Board Member Sarah Douglas is So Committed to Breast Cancer Action
Interviewed by Kira Jones, Communications Officer In September 2015, we welcomed Sarah Douglas to our Board of Directors. Sarah is a Professor Emerita of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon. She has done pioneering work in [...] READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Writing the History of Breast Cancer Action
By Grazia De Michele, Researcher, University of Genoa   Note: Grazia De Michele was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and splits her time living in Italy and England. She has degrees in Political Science and Italian Studies. She is currently a Ph.D [...] READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Breast Cancer Action in the News
Breast Cancer Action is a nationally recognized voice for putting patients before profits, regulating cancer-causing toxins, and eliminating health inequities. Our campaigns and advocacy work have received extensive media coverage. We’ve included media h [...] READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Get Our New Legislative Toolkit
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator  Congress works for you, and we can’t let them forget it! Now is the time to hold them accountable and demand health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer! It’s time to step up the grassroots pr [...] READ MORE

November 16, 2017

From the Executive Director: Breast Cancer Action is Made for Times Like These
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director It’s been an incredibly busy year with non-stop rapid response since the Trump administration took office. After the election results were in, I wrote about what the administration would likely mean for our work and our m [...] READ MORE

November 15, 2017

No Surprise: New Study Confirms Five-Year Survival is a Flawed Measure for Hormone Positive Breast Cancer
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director  We’ve long known that five-year survival is not a useful measure for the most common hormone positive breast cancers. And we’ve challenged major breast cancer organizations, like Susan G. Komen, for spreading misi [...] READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Put Public Health First! Get Oil Money Out of CA Politics
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator Breast Cancer Action has a long history of following the money and holding organizations (and people) accountable. It’s one of the reasons we have such a strong conflict of interest policy. We know that financial i [...] READ MORE

November 08, 2017

Thank YOU for Pushing Back This Pinktober
By The Breast Cancer Action Team For 15 years, Think Before You Pink® has been pushing back on corporate pinkwashers and calling out pink ribbon culture and marketing. This year, we went after the corporation that started it all – global cosmetics giant, The [...] READ MORE

October 30, 2017

Don’t Miss Out! Join Us in 25 Hours of Action
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director As Breast Cancer Industry Month comes to a close, it’s time to harness our collective power. We know that when we raise our voices together, we amplify our message and make multimillion dollar corporations stop the p [...] READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Our Campaign Has Momentum, But We Still Need YOU!
By The Breast Cancer Action Team  We know from our past wins that when we raise our voices together, we can make multimillion dollar corporations change their pinkwashing practices. That’s why we need YOU to send your email to global cosmetics giant, Estée La [...] READ MORE

October 20, 2017

Women’s Bodies Are Not For Profit
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Now is the time to keep the momentum going and the pressure on. Send your email to global cosmetics giant, Estée Lauder, to tell them “Knot Our Pink Ribbon.” In 2017, women’s bodies are still seen as a way to sell produc [...] READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Thank You For an Amazing Evening!
By The Breast Cancer Action Team Thanks to every one of you who supported or joined us for our 7th Annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink – Food for Thought! It was a successful and powerful evening filled with community, activism and amazing food. We’re thr [...] READ MORE

October 11, 2017

Take Action! Tell the Original Pinkwasher to Stop the Betrayal!
By The Breast Cancer Action Team For 15 years we’ve been calling for accountability and transparency in breast cancer fundraising with our annual Think Before You Pink® campaign. Last week we launched Knot Our Pink Ribbon, targeting The Estée Lauder Comp [...] READ MORE

October 11, 2017

When Data Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story: Breast Cancer Death Rate Report
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director  Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer or any other major health issue knows the strange feelings of being both part of and apart from the diagnosis. On one hand, it feels so uniquely personal and [...] READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Join Us in Putting a Knot in the Pink Ribbon!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director  On the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon, we’re angry. Angry that too many women are diagnosed with and die from breast cancer. Angry that women of color and underserved communities are disproportionately burdened. An [...] READ MORE

September 19, 2017

Tell Swing Senators to Vote “NO” on Latest GOP Effort to Repeal the ACA
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director We're right back where we were in July—people with pre-existing conditions, like breast cancer, are in danger of being charged more for healthcare. Millions are at risk of losing coverage and the most vulnerable with s [...] READ MORE

September 14, 2017

Tell Your Friends and Family, Don’t Pink For Me
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager The floodgates are already opening for a month of slick corporate profiteering, meaningless pink ribbon products, and “awareness.” If you want to push back on Pinktober and make sure money raised for breast cancer goes to mea [...] READ MORE

September 06, 2017

Get Ready for Pinktober
By Kira Jones, Communications Officer Breast Cancer Awareness Month (or as we call it, “Breast Cancer Industry Month”) is less than a month away. It's time to get ready. Over the years we’ve seen it all: pink fracking drill bits for breast cancer, pink bucke [...] READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Have You Downloaded Our Free Toolkit Yet?
Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator Congress returns from recess next week - have you downloaded Activism For All: Breast Cancer Action's Legislative Toolkit? Thank you to everyone who's already downloaded our toolkit and taken action. If you haven't [...] READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Oil and Fruit Don’t Mix! Sign the Petition Today!
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator *CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Grimmway Farms was permanently removed from this petition on October 9, 2017 after providing documentation that they do not use produced water from the North Kern Water District. Toxic’s still not t [...] READ MORE

August 17, 2017

Free Webinar – Toxic’s Still Not Tasty: Oil Wastewater and Your Food
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator Last year, our Think Before You Pink® campaign called out the practice of using oil wastewater to irrigate crops. This water, which is a byproduct of the oil extraction process, contains hundreds of added and na [...] READ MORE

August 15, 2017

Get Your Early-Bird Tickets to Food for Thought Today
Our 7th Annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink–Food for Thought event will be October 16, 2017. Early-bird tickets are now available, until September 22. Get yours today! Join us for a powerful program and a delicious four-course dinner prepared by some of the [...] READ MORE

August 14, 2017

We Will Not Tolerate White Supremacy
By Kaurna Jaggar, Executive Director Returning to work after a two week vacation, I didn’t expect my first act to be to publicly condemn white supremacy. But, on the heels of a weekend that saw the ugly and violent celebration of white supremacy, I’m called t [...] READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Amplify Your Activism with Our New Legislative Toolkit!
By Kate Frisher, Campaigns Coordinator  Congress works for you, and we can’t let them forget it! After weeks of attacks on our healthcare, representatives and senators are home for the August congressional recess. Now is the time to hold them accountable an [...] READ MORE

August 02, 2017

Sponsor this year’s Action Speaks Louder Than Pink – Food for Thought event
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager We're excited to announce sponsorship opportunities for the 7th Annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink - Food for Thought. This year's event will be held Monday, October 16th from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Green Room at the War Memor [...] READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Neratinib’s Approval is a Win for Puma, but not for Patients
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Last week the FDA approved neratinib as a so-called “extended therapy” for early-stage HER2-positive (HER2+) breast cancer to be used after the standard of care, which includes surgery and treatment for a year with tra [...] READ MORE

July 17, 2017

SAVE THE DATE 10/16: 7th Annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink–Food for Thought
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager If you like to eat delicious food and support the work of fierce breast cancer activists, mark your calendar for this fabulous event. Action Speaks Louder Than Pink–Food for Thought Monday, October 16, 2017 6:00–9:00PM Green [...] READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Our healthcare hangs in the balance – TAKE ACTION NOW
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Any bill that targets sick people is not a healthcare bill—it’s heartless. And it must be stopped in its tracks.Tell your Senators to stop the GOP effort to strip healthcare coverage from MILLIONS. We’re so close to stopp [...] READ MORE

June 30, 2017

When Less Medicine Leads to Better Health: Access is Essential but More Doesn’t Always Mean Better
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director The mantra “early detection saves lives” has been the driving force behind the mainstream breast cancer movement. But increasingly, the data has shown that many small, slow-growing tumors don't endanger a woman’s life. And [...] READ MORE

June 30, 2017

Welcome to Our New Board Member: Sharon Barrett
Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is a remarkable group of people who set the vision for BCAction and lead the organization by determining organizational policy, assuring the organization’s financial security, and representing BCAction’s views to the world [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2017

Our Executive Director in Action
[caption id="attachment_15766" align="alignright" width="250"] Board members Beverly Canin and Ngina Lythcott with Exectuive Director, Karuna Jaggar[/caption] It's been a busy couple of months, and if you're not friends with us on Facebook or following our [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2017

Breast Cancer Action in the News
Breast Cancer Action is a nationally recognized voice for putting patients before profits, regulating cancer-causing toxins, and eliminating health inequities. Our campaigns and advocacy work have received extensive media coverage. We’ve included media h [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2017

Keep the Pressure on Senators. It’s working!
By Joyce Bichler, Deputy Director Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to delay a vote on the GOP healthcare bill until after the July 4th recess. He doesn't have the votes he needs for the bill to pass and we need to make sure he [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2017

Donations in Honor and Memory: Summer 2017
Every day, Breast Cancer Action receives gifts honoring those who are living with or affected by breast cancer. We also receive contributions to honor the passionate advocates, volunteers, medical professionals and leaders of the breast cancer movement. Many [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2017

Special Thanks: Summer 2017
We could not do this work without the support of so many members and volunteers. Thank you to Ngina Lythcott, Byllye Avery, and their families for throwing a house party in Provincetown, MA and introducing their community to Breast Cancer Action. Thank [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2017

Welcome to Our New Staff
We're excited to introduce several new members of the Breast Cancer Action team, Kira S. Jones, our Communications Officer, Chantelle Thomas, our Development Events Coordinator, and Tony Van Houten, our Membership & Database Coordinator. Learn more about [...] READ MORE

June 29, 2017

From the Executive Director: We Are Angry for Good Reason
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Breast cancer sucks, and so does the current attack on any collective progress we’ve made over the past few decades—progress that’s moved the needle on gender equality, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, environmental prote [...] READ MORE

June 28, 2017

Universal Healthcare
At Breast Cancer Action, we envision a healthcare system in which everyone has access to healthcare that is compassionate, culturally competent, evidence-based, supports patient decision-making, and devotes adequate resources to prevention. We believe the [...] READ MORE

June 28, 2017

Spotlight: JoAnn Loulan
By Kira S. Jones, Communications Officer When I emailed JoAnn Loulan to find a time to chat about this spotlight, she replied that she was on vacation, but still available to talk. I wrote back, telling her we could connect another time so she didn’t have to [...] READ MORE

June 21, 2017

URGENT: Your Senators Need to Hear from You
By Joyce Bichler, Deputy Director Time is running out. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing hard to hold a vote on the secret senate version of the GOP healthcare bill NEXT WEEK. Right now, only the Republican Senate working group really knows [...] READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Donate Today to Help us Reach our Goal
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director We're $1,780 away from meeting our generous board match for new and increased gifts. If you haven’t made your donation to Breast Cancer Action yet, now is the time! If you're already a supporter, please consider i [...] READ MORE

June 15, 2017

Demand They Show us the Bill
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Lifesaving healthcare is on the line—and we have just two weeks to act. The all-male Republican Senate working group is wrapping up their version of the GOP healthcare bill right now—and they’re doing it behind clo [...] READ MORE

June 05, 2017

We need your help. Do you have a minute?
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director If you’ve been waiting for the right time to give or increase your gift to Breast Cancer Action, the time is NOW! We’re in the middle of our spring fundraising drive and we need to raise $15,000 to fund our vital gra [...] READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Pembrolizumab Does More for the Pharmaceutical Industry than Cancer Patients
By Leslie Riddle, Program Officer Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (pem-broe-li-zoo-mab), (brand name Keytruda), a cancer immunotherapy manufactured by Merck & Co. for the treatment of [...] READ MORE

June 01, 2017

Judy Brady on My Mind
By Zoe Christopher, Resource Liaison & Office Manager On May 14, 2017 a lioness of a woman died—and with her death we lost a fierce, passionate and brilliant voice in the feminist environmental and breast cancer movements. That voice belonged to Judy B [...] READ MORE

June 01, 2017

Double your impact. Donate today!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Plain and simple, Breast Cancer Action depends on YOU. We don’t take money from companies that profit from cancer, which means we don’t ever have to choose between loyalty to corporate funders or taking a stand for wome [...] READ MORE

May 30, 2017

We Need You!
Breast Cancer Action is an outspoken, truth-telling, rapid response watchdog—just what you need from an activist organization at this critical moment. We’re in the middle of our spring fundraising drive and we need to raise $15,000. Because our board has of [...] READ MORE

May 25, 2017

Tell your senators to shut the GOP healthcare bill down
Yesterday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) broke down the true cost of the GOP healthcare bill. If this bill becomes law, an estimated 51 million people under the age of 65 years old would be uninsured by 2026. That’s 23 million more people w [...] READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Breast Cancer Doesn’t Belong in the Business Section
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Breast Cancer is not just an individual crisis. It’s a far-reaching social, public health and social justice problem. Although the disease goes back millennia, the modern epidemic is driven by corporate greed, disc [...] READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Free Webinar NEXT WEEK: The Case for Universal Healthcare
By Leslie Riddle, Program Officer There’s still time to register for our free webinar next Wednesday, May 31 at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT. Don’t miss your chance to learn about the opportunities and challenges of healthcare reform. REGISTER TODAY! With the country’s h [...] READ MORE

May 17, 2017

We stand up. We speak out. We need you. Donate TODAY!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director We’re at a critical moment; women’s health is increasingly under attack and corporate interests are controlling the agenda. It’s not just that Big Business has influence—they’re running the show these days! The head honc [...] READ MORE

May 16, 2017

We’re Hiring!
Know someone who cares about health justice and ending the breast cancer epidemic? Someone who would love to be part of a fierce, independent grassroots organization? If so, send them our way! We’re looking for a skilled and committed staff member to join our [...] READ MORE

May 15, 2017

Sandra Steingraber in the Bay Area Wednesday to Kick Oil $ Out
By Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator Oil wastewater irrigating our food. Fracking wastewater injected into our drinking water supplies. Oil drilling just feet from the homes and schools of low-income communities of color. These are just some of the [...] READ MORE

May 12, 2017

Free Webinar: The Case for Universal Healthcare
By Leslie Riddle, Program Officer [caption id="attachment_15225" align="alignright" width="200"] Diljeet Singh, MD[/caption] With the country's healthcare system under attack, it's an issue we're all concerned about. There's constant news about the ongoing [...] READ MORE

May 04, 2017

WTF, GOP
Just hours ago, the House of Representatives voted to strip healthcare from millions of people. It’s outrageous and cruel. Help us stop this terrible bill from becoming law; donate $24 right now in honor of the 24 million people who stand to lose their h [...] READ MORE

April 28, 2017

The Republican “Healthcare” Bill is a Health Hazard
Healthcare is only lifesaving if you can get it. And Congress is about to vote in the next 48 hours on a bill that will put women’s lives at risk by reducing access to life-saving healthcare coverage and increasing costs for the people who need it most. We ca [...] READ MORE

April 21, 2017

We Support The Healthy California Act (SB 562)
At Breast Cancer Action, we envision a healthcare system in which everyone has access to healthcare that is compassionate, culturally competent, evidence-based, supports patient decision-making, and devotes adequate resources to prevention. We believe the [...] READ MORE

April 13, 2017

80% of Patient Advocacy Groups = Funded by Big Pharma. Not Us.
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director A new report reveals that 80% of patient advocacy groups are funded by pharmaceutical companies. We’re not one of them and never will be. Our long-standing independence from industry funding means we don’t ever have to ch [...] READ MORE

April 04, 2017

Meet Our New Community Leaders for Change
Our Community Leaders for Change program continues to grow and we’re excited to introduce you to several more activists who have joined. For more information about the Community Leaders for Change program or to become a Community Leader, please contact Alyssa [...] READ MORE

April 03, 2017

Donations in Honor and Memory: Spring 2017
Every day, Breast Cancer Action receives gifts honoring those who are living with or affected by breast cancer. We also receive contributions to honor the passionate advocates, volunteers, medical professionals and leaders of the breast cancer movement. Many [...] READ MORE

April 03, 2017

Special Thanks: Spring 2017
We could not do this work without the support of so many members and volunteers. Thank you to Jeremy and Erika Carlson for going above and beyond to ensure our new brochure conveys who we are and what we do! Thank you to Dr. Shelley Hwang for sharing her [...] READ MORE

April 03, 2017

From the Executive Director: Resist, Resist, Resist!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Since our founding, Breast Cancer Action has been a small organization with an outsized impact. We do this by always asking ourselves: how can we use our organizational skills and resources most effectively in demanding [...] READ MORE

April 03, 2017

We’re Hiring! Come Join Our Team.
We’re looking for three people to join our skilled and feisty team at Breast Cancer Action in our development and program departments. Read more at the links below and spread the word to people who might be interested! Campaigns Coordinator Database and Mem [...] READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Rare Blood Cancer Linked to Breast Implants
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified a possible association between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin's T-cell lymphoma. Last [...] READ MORE

March 27, 2017

Demand Equal Access to Lymphedema Treatment
By Leslie Riddle, Program Officer Our friends at the Lymphedema Advocacy Group recently lobbied Congress in Washington, D.C. for better coverage of lymphedema treatment. Even though the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, we still need to fix a [...] READ MORE

March 25, 2017

Disastrous “Healthcare” Bill Went Down in Flames, Thanks to You
By the BCAction team Disastrous legislation that would have stripped healthcare from millions of people went down in flames, thanks to you and hundreds of thousands of people across the country who stood up to defend our healthcare. Together we resisted and [...] READ MORE

March 24, 2017

“The Republican Healthcare Bill Will Hurt Me as a Breast Cancer Patient and Poor Working Class Woman”
By Wendi Dennis, blogger at the Cancer Curmudgeon My name is Wendi Dennis, and I was diagnosed with stage 3b breast cancer in October of 2010. At the time, I was working full-time at a non-profit arts organization and received health insurance through work [...] READ MORE

March 24, 2017

We’ve Got Your Back
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Our health is under attack and corporate interests are controlling the agenda. But Breast Cancer Action has your back. As we face the difficult year(s) ahead, now’s the time to step up your support to Breast Cancer A [...] READ MORE

March 22, 2017

Why We Oppose Scott Gottlieb to Head the FDA
President Trump has nominated Scott Gottlieb as the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). We strongly oppose Gottlieb's nomination and sent the letter below to The Honorable Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Committee on Health [...] READ MORE

March 21, 2017

Will Your Rep. Jeopardize Healthcare for Millions? Not If We Can Help It.
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Your Representative is slated to vote this Thursday on the GOP’s disastrous “healthcare” plan. This bill would strip healthcare from 24 million people. Click here to call your Representative right now and tell them to vot [...] READ MORE

March 15, 2017

SF Bay Area Events in March and April
By Lopa Pal, Development Manager We have two great local events coming up that benefit Breast Cancer Action’s work for health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer. Check out the details below. Sanctuary Bistro Benefit D [...] READ MORE

March 14, 2017

14 Million People Will Lose Healthcare. Take Action Now!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director The Republicans’ outrageous healthcare bill is moving quickly through the House of Representatives—even though an independent, nonpartisan government office just released estimates that this “healthcare” plan would strip h [...] READ MORE

March 08, 2017

Cancer Sucks—and So Does the GOP Healthcare Plan
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director On Monday, the House Republican leadership released healthcare legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). Far from fixing any problems in our healthcare system, this bill would end access to heal [...] READ MORE

March 03, 2017

Women Are Not Tumor Hosts (and Other #SABCS Reflections)
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Every year, we attend the largest breast cancer conference in the world, the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), so we can speak up for patient needs and report back to you on what’s new in breast cancer. This h [...] READ MORE

March 03, 2017

Register for the Lymphedema Lobby Days
By Leslie Riddle, Program Officer The Lymphedema Treatment Act has just been reintroduced in Congress. You can help get this important legislation passed by joining our friends at the Lymphedema Advocacy Group for the Lymphedema Lobby Days in Washington, DC [...] READ MORE

March 02, 2017

3 Ways Our Work Will Change
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Ever since the election radically altered the political landscape, we’ve been evaluating how we do our work. The big question is: how can we use our organizational skills and resources to be most effective in demanding h [...] READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Free Webinar: Is the “C” in DCIS Really Cancer?
Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, accounts for about a quarter of breast cancer diagnoses, and there’s a lot of conflicting information out there about what DCIS is and what to do about it. This free webinar addresses these questions and more with n [...] READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Maryland Legislators: Support a Fracking Ban Now!
By Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator Maryland currently has a moratorium on fracking that is set to expire this October. The good news is a State Senate committee is holding the first hearing TOMORROW on legislation to completely ban fracking in [...] READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Grassroots Fundraising With Integrity
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director There’s a lot at stake right now. A sworn enemy of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was just confirmed to run it. A man who threatens to gut the Affordable Care Act now heads the Health and Human Services D [...] READ MORE

February 15, 2017

Help Block Scott Pruitt from Leading the EPA
By Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator Last week, the Senate confirmed Tom Price as the Health and Human Services Secretary. Are you angry? We sure are. But together, we need to keep fighting for what we deserve: health justice for all women at risk of [...] READ MORE

February 14, 2017

Thank You for Making “Acting Out” a Success!
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Thank you so much to everyone who made last week's 5th annual Acting Out – For the Health of It variety show and fundraiser such a success. Whether you attended, donated, performed, or volunteered, we couldn’t have done it [...] READ MORE

February 09, 2017

URGENT: Senate May Vote THIS WEEK on HHS & EPA Cabinet Picks
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Any day now, the Senate will vote on two Cabinet nominees who would both be disastrous for women’s health. NOW is the time to contact your Senators and urge them to do everything in their power to block the confirmations [...] READ MORE

February 06, 2017

Variety Show on Thursday, Feb. 9th – Get Your Tickets!
By Meaghan Calcari Campbell Until I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32 (without any family history), I had no idea about the economic and racial disparities in overall survival of the disease. I learned that breast cancer prevention [...] READ MORE

February 03, 2017

Tell Your Senators: Block Trump’s Nominees Who Threaten Women’s Health
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director [caption id="attachment_14694" align="alignright" width="300"] Tom Price (left); Scott Pruitt (right)[/caption] The Senate will soon vote on two nominees to President Trump’s Cabinet who would be disastrous for women at r [...] READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Keep the Pressure on to Block Scott Pruitt as Next EPA Administrator
By Karuna Jaggar Executive Director [caption id="attachment_14588" align="alignright" width="300"] Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore[/caption] A few weeks ago, we urged you to c [...] READ MORE

January 31, 2017

UPDATE: Help Block Tom Price as Next HHS Secretary
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director [caption id="attachment_14555" align="alignright" width="255"] Tom Price, President Trump's pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Photo credit: District Office of Tom Price.[/caption] Last week [...] READ MORE

January 27, 2017

Community, Entertainment & Health Justice – Feb. 9th in San Francisco
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director There’s a lot of work to do as we face set-backs in women’s health, environmental regulations, healthcare access, and more. But we’re also finding enormous strength and resilience in community. Our upcoming Acting Out – Fo [...] READ MORE

January 24, 2017

Why I Love “Acting Out – For the Health of It”
By Tania Katan I’m a two-time breast cancer survivor and Breast Cancer Action is my very favorite breast cancer organization. I LOVE being the emcee for their Acting Out—For the Health of It variety show because this event is the embodiment of being alive [...] READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Free Webinar: Is the “C” in DCIS Really Cancer?
By Leslie Riddle, Program Officer Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, accounts for about a quarter of breast cancer diagnoses, and there’s a lot of conflicting information out there about what DCIS is and what to do about it. Our next free webinar addresses t [...] READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Don’t Miss This Powerful Line-up
Our 5th annual variety show and fundraiser is coming up on February 9th—get your ticket today! And here’s the Facebook event so you can invite your friends. 5th annual Acting Out – For the Health of It variety show February 9th, 2017 6-7pm: VIP recep [...] READ MORE

January 14, 2017

URGENT: Help Block Trump’s Nominees Who Threaten Women’s Health
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director [caption id="attachment_14558" align="alignright" width="200"] Tom Price, President-elect Trump's pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).Photo credit: District Office of Tom Price.[/caption] On [...] READ MORE

January 14, 2017

Help Block Tom Price as Next HHS Secretary
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director [caption id="attachment_14555" align="alignright" width="255"] Tom Price, President-elect Trump's pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Photo credit: District Office of Tom Price.[/caption] We [...] READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Help Block Scott Pruitt as Next EPA Administrator
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director [caption id="attachment_14557" align="alignright" width="225"] Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore[/caption] Since our founding [...] READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Save the Date! 5th Annual Variety Show on Feb. 9th
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Happy New Year from all of us at Breast Cancer Action! There’s a lot of work to do in 2017 and we’ll do it with the same feistiness and dedication you’ve come to expect from us. In the meantime, our 5th annual variety sho [...] READ MORE

October 18, 2016

I Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Wonderful Halos®
By Alma Busby-Williams, BCAction Community Leader for Change There are a lot of things I worry about daily. I am the parent of a 20-year-old black man, who attends college in Olympia, WA, where two unarmed young black men were recently shot by the police [...] READ MORE

October 17, 2016

How Routine Mammography Screening Leads to Overdiagnosis & Overtreatment
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Around 40,000 individual women die of breast cancer each and every year. Sisters. Mothers. Daughters. Spouses. Friends. For each of these women and their loved ones breast cancer is a personal tragedy. Breast cancer [...] READ MORE

June 07, 2016

The Trade-offs of Ten Years of Aromatase Inhibitors
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director A new study published on June 5, 2016, in the New England Journal of Medicine evaluated the efficacy of extending the treatment of letrozole from five to ten years for women with hormone positive breast cancer. Although [...] READ MORE

December 11, 2015

SABCS 2015: Comparing Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy: Survival, Complications and Cost
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director I’ve lost count of how many doctors and researchers in the last two days have expressed alarm at the fact that mastectomies are on the rise. Several studies suggest that less surgery is better for women, that lumpectomy [...] READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Watch Breast Cancer Action on The Daily Show
Our executive Director Karuna Jaggar talked with Samantha Bee of The Daily Show about why pink drill bits “for the cure” are ludicrous and not the solution to the breast cancer epidemic – and why BCAction will never take corporate funding from any company that [...] READ MORE

June 24, 2014

In Memoriam: Charlotte Haley, Creator of the First (Peach) Breast Cancer Ribbon
[caption id="attachment_9691" align="alignright" width="300"] Charlotte Haley in the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc.[/caption] We celebrate the life of Charlotte Haley, creator of the first “breast cancer ribbon,” who died February 2, 2014 at the age of 91 a [...] READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Early Detection Does Not Save Lives
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Just say the word "mammogram" and many women instantly divide into two camps: for and against. The remaining women feel they can only throw up their hands while experts retreat to their various corners to duke it out. A [...] READ MORE

December 13, 2013

Pantene Is Not My Revolution
By Vanessa Raditz, BCAction member and volunteer I guess we've reached the point where companies realize that by marketing feminism, they can buy a whole new wave of women's loyalty to their products. An ad from Pantene (you can watch it below) has been [...] READ MORE

June 27, 2013

In Memoriam: Barbara A. Brenner, 1951-2013
Posted on June 27, 2013 Even after ALS had silenced her vocal chords, Barbara Brenner’s powerful voice continued to send tremors into the medical establishment. With the assistance of a text-to-speech computer program, Brenner, the former executive d [...] READ MORE

April 15, 2013

Human Gene Patents Are Wrong. That’s All There Is to It
Posted on April 15, 2013 By Caitlin Carmody, Membership Coordinator and Annie Sartor, Policy and Campaigns Coordinator, reporting from Washington, D.C. “A patent is a reward for invention not a reward for effort. Myriad didn’t invent anything.” (ACLU [...] READ MORE

April 05, 2013

Breast Cancer Action Takes on Fracking’s Health Harms
Posted on April 5, 2013 By Annie Sartor, BCAction Policy and Campaigns Coordinator Introduction Last fall, a short article published in a small town Oklahoma newspaper caught our attention. The article described an oil and natural gas drilling rig that [...] READ MORE

November 19, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Doesn’t Fracking Get It
Posted on November 19. 2012 Chesapeake Energy and its subsidiary Nomac Drilling have nominated themselves for worst pinkwasher of the year. In case you missed it last week, Nomac Drilling has been promoting ”breast cancer awareness” by wrapping a new dril [...] READ MORE

November 15, 2012

What the Frack? Drill Rig Goes Pink(washing) for Breast Cancer
Posted on November 15, 2012 By Annie Sartor, BCAction Policy and Campaigns Coordinator If you thought pink KFC buckets of fried chicken was as bad as pinkwashing could get, we’ve got news for you. Turns out Nomac Drilling, the second largest natural g [...] READ MORE

November 01, 2012

Why Fracking Must Be Banned
  Posted on November 1, 2012 Editor’s note: Sandra Steingraber is an acclaimed ecologist and author who explores the links between human rights and the environment, with a focus on chemical contamination. Sandra is actively working to ban hydraulic fr [...] READ MORE

June 27, 2012

Book Review: How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America
By Angela Wall, PhD., BCAction Communications Manager How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America by Otis Webb Brawley, M.D., with Paul Goldberg. There’s a lot to like about this book: it’s an easy-to-read chronicle of Dr. Otis Braw [...] READ MORE

August 26, 2011

Breast Cancer Medications & Vision: Effects of Treatment for Early-Stage Disease
A new research report indicates that aromatase inhibitors (AIs) may cause a variety of visual symptoms or eye problems for women taking them to treat early stage breast cancer. Often such changes are chalked up to aging; however, this research indicates that [...] READ MORE

March 14, 2011

What Are Aromatase Inhibitors?
Aromatase inhibitors are a type of hormone therapy for breast cancer patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. Aromatase inhibitors decrease the circulating estrogen in a woman's body by preventing the aromatase enzyme from converting androgen [...] READ MORE

March 08, 2011

New Leadership: Karuna R. Jaggar appointed Executive Director of Breast Cancer Action
For Immediate Release Contact:  Angela Wall, PhD, Communications Manager Office: 415.243.9301 x16 San Francisco, CA— After an exhaustive search the Breast Cancer Action board of directors announced Karuna R. Jaggar as the organization’s new executive dire [...] READ MORE

February 07, 2011

Click for a Mammogram Websites
How many clicks does it take to fund a free mammogram? Tens of thousands of clicks are needed for one mammogram. Literally. For example, in July 2007, there were almost five million clicks on thebreastcancersite.com. Those five million clicks paid for 129 [...] READ MORE

December 21, 2009

Myriad Timeline and Update
VICTORY! On June 13, 2013 the Supreme Court ruled in our favor to strike down Myriad Genetics’ patents on the human “breast cancer” genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2—and not just Myriad’s patents, but patents on all human genes. This is a tremendous win for women’s heal [...] READ MORE

June 21, 2009

In Memoriam: Dr. Shyamala G. Harris
Breast Cancer Action pays tribute to the life of Shyamala G. Harris. A world-renowned scientist as well as a great friend to Breast Cancer Action, Harris died of cancer on February 11, 2009. Harris’s work in isolating and characterizing the progesterone r [...] READ MORE

April 21, 2008

Interview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI Connection
by Brenda Salgado Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are approved treatments for estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer. Aromatase is an enzyme that helps to convert testosterone into estrogen, and AIs lower risk of recurrence by inhibiting aromatase [...] READ MORE

May 21, 2007

FDA Approves MammaPrint Test
On February 6, 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the MammaPrint test, a genetic test that aims to predict whether a woman diagnosed with breast cancer will have a recurrence of the disease within 5 to 10 years of the initial diagnosis [...] READ MORE