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“My closest family members have grappled with three breast cancer diagnoses during the last ten years,” Jaggar stated. “It is not enough to educate ourselves and try to make “good” lifestyle choices. We need systemic change to end this breast cancer epidemic.”
Jaggar is driven by the reality that social injustices and environmental factors put each of us at risk of developing breast cancer, regardless of family medical history. “Every woman affected by breast cancer should possess the power and knowledge to make informed decisions that enable them to take control of their healthcare,” Jaggar said. “This includes a women’s right to access affordable treatment options, to create individualized treatment plans, and to make healthcare decisions centered on personal values and priorities.”
Under Jaggar’s leadership, BCA will remain uncompromising on issues of health, social and environmental justice: “We will continue to fearlessly and relentlessly tell the truth about breast cancer,” Jaggar asserted.
Breast Cancer Action, the San Francisco based national watchdog of the breast cancer movement, is known for a commitment to understanding breast cancer through a social justice and health equity lens. The organization demands greater corporate accountability and better treatment options for patients; pays keen attention to the social inequities that cause differences in breast cancer incidence and outcomes; secures changes at the policy level to reverse involuntary exposure to carcinogens; and works to shift the balance of power at the FDA away from pharmaceutical companies towards patient interests.
Prior to her role at BCA, Jaggar was the Executive Director, East Bay of the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment where she worked to reverse inequities among low-income women and women of color. Jaggar replaces Barbara Brenner who retired at the end of 2010.