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Victories

Looking at the Breast Cancer Fund's track record of success, one thing is clear: Our current groundbreaking work to prevent breast cancer is built on a solid foundation of accomplishments. Scroll through to explore our victories. 

  • General Public Health

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    01/15/14

    Exposure to Toxic Phthalates in Decline

    Exposure to certain toxic phthalates has substantially decreased in the American population according to a study led by UC-San Francisco researchers, who suggest that the decrease may be due to a federal ban on phthalates in toys, as well as cosmetics companies moving away from the use of these chemicals in response to advocacy efforts led by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

  • General Public Health

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    11/22/13

    California Adopts New Flammability Standards

    Years of advocacy in support of safer flammability standards to protect public health led California Governor Jerry Brown to announce in 2013 that the state would adopt new standards that no longer require the use of toxic chemicals.

  • General Public Health

    Target
    09/12/13

    Walmart and Target Adopt Safe Chemical Policies

    In decisions that sent shockwaves through the marketplace, retailers Walmart and Target adopted chemical policies to ensure cosmetics and cleaning products on store shelves are made with safe chemicals. While each retailer is taking a different approach to defining what makes a product safe, both Walmart and Target attribute their actions to growing consumer demand for safer products.

  • General Public Health

    Nancy
    07/31/13

    The Breast Cancer Fund Testifies before Congress on Toxic Chemical Reform

    Breast Cancer Fund staff testified before both the House of Representatives and Senate in 2013 urging Congress to overhaul current law so that pregnant women, children, workers and other vulnerable populations are protected from toxic chemical exposure that has been linked to diseases including breast cancer.

  • General Public Health

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    02/12/13

    Federal Committee Says Preventing Breast Cancer is Key to Reducing the Disease

    A federal advisory committee of leading breast cancer experts, which was co-chaired by Jeanne Rizzo, president of the Breast Cancer Fund, concluded that identifying and eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer presents the greatest opportunity to prevent the disease. The report confirms what the Breast Cancer Fund has been advocating for years: Identifying and preventing exposures may be the key to preventing many people from ever having to get the devastating diagnosis.

  • General Science

    Johnson & Johnson
    08/16/12

    J&J Commits to Safer Cosmetics Worldwide

    Together with our partners in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, we convinced Johnson & Johnson to agree to phase out chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems from its baby and adult cosmetics products in 57 countries around the world by 2015.

    J&J's commitment includes all of the company's brands, including Aveeno, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear and, of course, the iconic Johnson's Baby Shampoo.

  • General Science

    Campbell's to phase out BPA in cans
    03/05/12

    Campbell's Announces BPA Phase-out

    In a significant victory for the Breast Cancer Fund's Cans Not Cancer campaign, the Campbell Soup Company announced that it will phase out the use of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in its can linings. Exposure to BPA, used to make the epoxy-resin linings of metal food cans, has been linked in lab studies to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, type-2 diabetes, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

  • State of the Evidence 2010 published
    10/01/10

    6th Edition of State of the Evidence Published

    Mounting concern about BPA, medical radiation and flame retardants emerges in the sixth edition of State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment, by Janet Gray, Ph.D. This Breast Cancer Fund report also links the science to actions we can take—personally and politically—to reduce breast cancer risk.

  • Cosmetics

    The Story of Cosmetics
    07/21/10

    The Story of Cosmetics

    The Story of Cosmetics, a 7-minute film exposing the ugly truth about toxic chemicals in cosmetics, reaches hundreds of thousands of people in its first weeks online. The film, from Annie Leonard's Story of Stuff Project and the Breast Cancer Fund's Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, sparks consumer awareness and draws worldwide attention to the newly introduced Safe Cosmetics Act.

  • Cosmetics

    Safe Cosmetics Act
    07/20/10

    Congress Considers Safe Cosmetics Bill

    For the first time in 70 years, Congress is poised to close the gaping holes in the outdated federal law that allows chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in the cosmetics we use on our bodies every day. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, introduced in July, will give the FDA authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients. Existing law cedes decision-making about ingredient safety to the cosmetics industry.

  • Air & Water

    Reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act
    04/15/10

    Reforming Chemical Safety

    Legislation to reform the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act are introduced in the Senate, renewing hope that public health concerns will shape the way chemicals are managed in the U.S. The proposal—supported by members of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, including the Breast Cancer Fund—requires manufacturers to prove chemicals are safe and allows the EPA to ban those that are not. It's followed by a companion bill in the House in July 2010.

  • General Public Health

    07/01/09

    Tracking Our Environmental Health

    The Breast Cancer Fund works with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Louise Slaughter to introduce legislation that would help scientists understand the links between environmental pollution and diseases like breast cancer. The Coordinated Environmental Public Health Network Act, introduced in the House in July, would create a national program to combine data from disease registries, environmental pollution reporting, and biomonitoring programs.

  • Cosmetics

    04/29/09

    No More Toxic Tub

    Our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics uncovers two chemicals linked to cancer — formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane — hiding in popular baby shampoos and other products for kids. In March, we release a report, No More Toxic Tub, that prompts an international outcry and hundreds of articles worldwide. In direct response to the report, Sen. Kristin Gillibrand introduces the Safe Baby Products Act, which directs the FDA to investigate and regulate hazardous contaminants in children's personal care products.

  • Food

    03/13/09

    Reducing Our BPA Exposure

    Working closely with Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Edward Markey, the Breast Cancer Fund helps to introduce a bill that would ban the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from all food and beverage containers. The Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2009 is introduced in March. Throughout 2009, the Breast Cancer Fund helps lead efforts to convince manufacturers to stop using BPA, educate the public about its risks, and craft strong legislative protections for American families.

  • General Science

    02/04/09

    Science Journal Publishes State of the Evidence

    A peer-reviewed version of the Breast Cancer Fund's landmark report, State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment, is published in the January issue of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. It's the first time the publication has been included in a journal, and includes both the science and policy portions of the report.

  • Household Products

    09/29/08

    Safer Products in California

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs into law two bills that give the state authority to monitor the use of chemicals in everyday products and to create a public, online database of information about these chemicals. The legislation will also design a process to evaluate and, if necessary, regulate chemicals of concern in consumer products. Environmental and public health advocates see passage of these bills as potentially transforming the way California deals with toxic chemicals.

  • Plastics

    08/14/08

    Ensuring Non-toxic Toys

    In a major victory for parents and public health advocates, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is signed into law, which, thanks to Breast Cancer Fund efforts, includes an amendment banning six toxic phthalates from children's toys and childcare articles. The federal law requires that childcare products and children's toys sold in the United States after February 2009 be free of phthalates, which contribute to breast cancer risk.

  • Plastics

    04/01/08

    Safe Toys in Washington

    Along with our partners in Washington's Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition, the Breast Cancer Fund supports the successful passage and signing of the Children's Safe Products Act. The law gives Washington the nation's strongest standards for three toxic chemicals – lead, cadmium and phthalates – in toys and other children's products. It also requires manufacturers to disclose whether their products contain other chemicals that are harmful to children's health.

  • General Science

    03/19/08

    5th Edition of State of the Evidence Published

    The fifth edition of State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment, edited by Janet Gray, Ph.D., is published. The report summarizes evidence from more than 400 studies linking carcinogenic chemicals, radiation and hormones to increased risk of breast cancer. It also includes recommendations for policy and research solutions to reduce exposures and help end the breast cancer epidemic.

  • Plastics

    10/14/07

    Safe Toys in California

    California becomes the first state in the nation to protect children from toxic toys by banning dangerous chemicals called phthalates, thanks to legislation co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Fund and Environment California and authored by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. Signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger in October, the Toxic Toys Bill requires that all child care products and children’s toys sold in California are free of phthalates starting in January 2009. The ban is considered a model for other states.

  • General Public Health

    09/24/07

    Health-Tracking Bill Introduced

    The Breast Cancer Fund supports the introduction of The Coordinated Environmental Public Health Network Act of 2007, introduced by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the House and Senator Hillary Clinton in the Senate. This groundbreaking bill would examine the links between Americans' health and their exposure to environmental contaminants and increase funding for biomonitoring programs, which measure the "pollution in people," allowing greater understanding of how chemicals affect health.

  • General Public Health

    09/18/07

    Pure Prevention Campaign

    In partnership with our strategic corporate partner LUNA, the Breast Cancer Fund launches the Pure Prevention campaign, aimed at inspiring women to ask, act and live to reduce their risk of breast cancer. The campaign introduces the concept of environmental links to breast cancer by focusing on five simple tips for healthier living, including creating a healthy home, eating smart, choosing safe cosmetics, getting outside and joining the Pure Prevention campaign.

  • General Science

    09/06/07

    The Falling Age of Puberty Published

    The Breast Cancer Fund commissions Sandra Steingraber to write The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls: What We Know, What We Need to Know—the first comprehensive review of the literature on the timing of puberty. Early puberty is a known risk factor for breast cancer and is influenced by a combination of factors, including obesity, environmental chemicals, inactivity, premature birth, formula feeding and more. The report and its accompanying guide outline personal and political actions to reverse the trend.

  • General Public Health

    10/30/06

    First State Biomonitoring Program Established

    The California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program, the nation's first statewide effort to measure human exposure to toxic chemicals linked to diseases such as cancer and asthma, is signed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Breast Cancer Fund and co-sponsor Commonweal worked for four years to establish the program. The bill was authored by Senate President pro Tem Don Perata and Sen. Deborah Ortiz.

  • Cosmetics

    08/30/06

    De-toxing Nail Polish

    Along with other founding members of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the Breast Cancer Fund helps convince leading salon nail polish manufacturer OPI to remove the most toxic ingredients from its nail polishes and treatments. Several other nail polish manufacturers follow suit. OPI had been a target of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics since a March 2006 meeting during which OPI company executives refused to remove formaldehyde, toluene and DBP from products.

  • General Science

    01/24/06

    4th Edition of State of the Evidence Published

    The Breast Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer Action publish the fourth edition of the landmark report, State of the Evidence: What Is the Connection Between the Environment and Breast Cancer? According to the report, as many as 50 percent of breast cancer cases remain unexplained by either genetics or lifestyle factors. Instead, it points to some of the 100,000 synthetic chemicals in use today, as well as radiation exposure from X-rays and CT scans, as contributing to the development of breast cancer.

  • Cosmetics

    10/08/05

    Safe Cosmetics in California

    In a landmark advance for the safety of cosmetics products, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs into law the Cosmetics Safety Act of 2005. The law, sponsored by the Breast Cancer Fund, requires manufacturers to disclose to the state any product ingredient that is on state or federal lists of chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects. The law brings additional scrutiny to an industry accustomed to only minimal oversight.

  • Health Care

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    09/30/05

    Medical Radiation Safety in California

    California signs into law a medical radiation safety bill sponsored by the Breast Cancer Fund. The law establishes quality and testing standards to make sure that patients receive the lowest possible dose of radiation without compromising image quality.

  • General Public Health

    05/30/05

    Precautionary Purchasing in San Francisco

    Seeking to prevent harm before it happens, the City of San Francisco passes a groundbreaking Precautionary Principle Purchasing Ordinance, which requires the city to weigh the environmental and health costs of its $600 million in annual purchases – for everything from cleaning supplies to computers. The Breast Cancer Fund, as part of the Bay Area Working Group on the Precautionary Principle, helps bring this to fruition.

  • Cosmetics

    01/13/05

    Major Cosmetics Makers Agree to Reformulate

    As a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the Breast Cancer Fund targets manufacturers that use known or suspected carcinogens and toxins in personal care products. Two industry leaders, L'Oreal and Revlon, take a first step by agreeing to reformulate globally to comply with European Union safety standards for cosmetics. More than 200 companies go several steps further by signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge to remove chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, reproductive harm and other health effects from their products.

  • General Public Health

    06/24/03

    San Francisco Adopts Precautionary Principle

    The efforts of the Breast Cancer Fund and members of the Bay Area Working Group on the Precautionary Principle secure adoption of the Precautionary Principle by the City of San Francisco, establishing the first program of its kind in the United States. The Precautionary Principle affirms we should take action now to avoid possible environmental damage when the scientific evidence for acting is inconclusive but the potential damage could be great.

  • General Public Health

    06/01/03

    Critical Latina Outreach

    The Breast Cancer Fund launches Caminos Hacia La Prevencion, a series of three Spanish language brochures to help prevent breast cancer in the Latina community. Within the first year, over 12,000 brochures were distributed to health clinics, ethnic health providers, and other service and advocacy groups.

  • General Public Health

    01/30/03

    Climb Against the Odds Book Published

    Climb Against the Odds: Celebrating Survival on the Mountain is published. The book, written by the Breast Cancer Fund and Mary Pappenfuss, documents the stories and experiences of the inspiring women and men who have taken part in the Breast Cancer Fund’s mountain climbs.

  • General Public Health

    01/01/03

    Strong Voices Everywhere

    The Breast Cancer Fund initiates the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voices Leadership Development Program. The program creates a nationwide network of individuals willing to share their stories and inspire others to take action against breast cancer, and it helps participants enhance their own leadership abilities to become advocates for breast cancer prevention.

  • General Science

    06/01/02

    First State of the Evidence Published

    The Breast Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer Action publish the report, State of the Evidence: What is the Connection Between Chemicals and Breast Cancer? This groundbreaking report summarizes the evidence linking toxic chemicals and radiation in the environment to breast cancer. The report lays the groundwork for future editions and provides a roadmap to guide our advocacy work.

  • General Public Health

    05/01/02

    Breast Cancer and the Environment Summit

    The Breast Cancer Fund initiates the first International Summit on Breast Cancer and the Environment, sponsored by UC Berkeley and funded by the Center for Disease Control, drawing together researchers, advocates and community members to recommend breast cancer research and policy initiatives.

  • General Public Health

    09/01/01

    Jeanne Rizzo Assumes Leadership

    After facing a third cancer diagnosis of brain cancer, founder and Executive Director of the Breast Cancer Fund, Andrea Ravinet Martin, passes the torch to Jeanne Rizzo, a close advisor and long-time breast cancer prevention advocate.

  • General Public Health

    06/01/00

    Mt. Fuji Climb

    The Breast Cancer Fund's third major mountain climb, Climb Against the Odds Mt. Fuji, brings together 79 American and 400 Japanese climbers to raise nearly $1 million.

  • General Public Health

    01/01/00

    Hard-Hitting Ad Campaign

    The Obsessed with Breasts public-awareness ad campaign appears on San Francisco Bay Area bus shelters. The shocking campaign of models with mastectomy scars asks, “Society is obsessed with breasts, but what are we doing about breast cancer?” and ignites public discussion around the world.

  • General Public Health

    12/01/99

    Award-Winning Documentary

    "Climb Against the Odds," an award-winning documentary film chronicling the experiences and events of the Breast Cancer Fund's 1998 mountain climbing expedition of Mt. McKinley, airs on PBS stations across the country. It is later screened at film festivals around the world.

  • General Science

    06/01/99

    Environmental-Health Funding Secured

    The Breast Cancer Fund works with legislators to increase the budget for the Center for Disease Control’s Environmental Health Laboratory to identify the environmental causes of breast cancer. The efforts result in President Bill Clinton raising the funding level from $7 million to $21 million.

  • General Public Health

    06/01/98

    Art.Rage.Us Published

    Art. Rage.Us., The Art and Rage of Breast Cancer, a collection of art and writing by women with breast cancer, premieres at San Francisco’s Main Library. It then travels to Los Angeles, New Orleans, Michigan and Hong Kong. The Art.Rage.Us book is released the same year by Chronicle books.

  • General Public Health

    02/15/98

    Breast Cancer Postage Stamp

    The Breast Cancer Fund generates grassroots support and works in concert with legislators to help establish the special first class breast cancer postage stamp. A percentage of net proceeds from the sale of the stamp helps fund breast cancer research.

  • General Public Health

    01/01/98

    All Eyes on Alaska Expedition

    Inspired by the success of Expedition Inspiration on Mt. Aconcagua, the Breast Cancer Fund organizes a second mountain climbing expedition on Mt. McKinley, Alaska. Five breast cancer survivors and seven young women spend 19 days attempting to summit the mountain, attracting worldwide attention.

  • General Science

    05/01/97

    Film Garners National Attention

    The Breast Cancer Fund provides funding for and hosts the premiere screening of “Rachel’s Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer,” an investigative documentary film about breast cancer. The film airs on HBO, reaching 3.2 million homes within the first month of viewing. The Breast Cancer Fund continues to take the film to community screenings across the country.

  • General Public Health

    05/01/95

    Andean Climb Raises $1 Million

    The belief that climbing mountains is parallel to facing breast cancer—each journey taken one step at a time—inspires Expedition Aconcagua, a team of 17 breast cancer survivors and supporters who climb 23,000-foot Mt. Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes. The climb raises over $1 million and distinguishes the Breast Cancer Fund as “the women who climb mountains.”

  • General Science

    09/01/94

    Help for Uninsured Women

    The Breast Cancer Fund assists in writing and securing passage of landmark legislation in California for a 2-cent cigarette tax to finance breast cancer research and detection service for uninsured women.

  • General Public Health

    01/01/92

    The Breast Cancer Fund Founded

    Spurred by two breast cancer diagnoses by age 45, Andrea Ravinett Martin starts the Breast Cancer Fund in her living room to transform the increasing epidemic into a public health priority. The objective of the Breast Cancer Fund is to promote advances in detection, treatment, prevention and access to care.