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Get Your Tickets For This Year’s Acting Out!

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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 heart of San Francisco, on Thursday, June 27. We hope you’ll join our feisty and fearless community as we “act out” to achieve health justice for everyone at risk of and living with breast cancer.

We’ve got a great program in store for you. You’ll laugh out loud at comedian Molly Sanchez’s outrageous comedy and improv, which has been featured at The Los Angeles Comedy Store, the Del Close Marathon, SF Sketchfest and “various hives of scum and villainy all over the world.” You’ll be moved by the personal stories members of the Bay Area Young Survivors will share through powerful readings. And you’ll find it hard to resist swaying to rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean coast of Colombia and Mexico by Calafia Armada.

And guiding the evening as our host will be musician, composer, poet, and prankster Guinevere Q.

Plus, there’s much more in store! Join us for the VIP reception and be treated to appetizers and additional entertainment by pianist Rich Leiter’s unique jazz and R&B spin on Gershwin, Jobim, Motown, and the Beatles.

7th Annual Acting Out – For the Health of It

June 27, 2019
5:30-6:30 pm: VIP reception
6:30-8:00 pm: Variety show
Presented at PianoFight, 144 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA

Get your tickets here or sponsor this event
There will be a great selection of silent auction items so come ready to bid!

Acting Out is a fun and provocative night of activism and community. It’s a chance to meet fellow Breast Cancer Action members and health justice advocates, enjoy a thought provoking program, and learn more about our work. We look forward to seeing you on June 27!

We Deserve Better Than Dr. Google

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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. Google.” That’s where Breast Cancer Action comes in. We need to raise $25,000 by April 30 so that we can continue to provide evidence-based, unbiased, and understandable treatment information about breast cancer. Please make a donation NOW!

The truth is, the influence of industry has never been greater. Even the most well-intentioned healthcare providers work within a system where Pharma and biotech’s influence is overwhelming. Many patient advocacy groups have long been in the pocket of industry, but now corporations are even paying breast cancer patients with a large following on social media (so called “influencers”) to promote their business interests. All this makes it harder to know who you can trust.

Donate now! Help us push back on corporate influence.Our commitment to providing balanced information, so everyone can make fully informed decisions about breast cancer, is at the core of our work. We don’t tell people what to do, but we help people across the country navigate the many decisions that come with a breast cancer diagnosis—whether we’re fielding questions about the tradeoffs of hormone therapies, surgery choices, the role of watchful waiting for DCIS, or managing side effects.

We provide free evidence-based and balanced breast cancer information through our:

   • Toll free 1-800 line, where you can speak to a real person
   • Toolkits, info sheets, and brochures
   • Webinars on the latest news and

   • Real time conference reporting and media responses

Your gift today will ensure that Breast Cancer Action has the resources to provide these vital services.

Breast Cancer Action will never take funds from Pharma or biotech, so you can trust we’re ready to go toe-to-toe with industry. And we’ll always put patients first. We’ll always tell the truth about the breast cancer epidemic, just like we do in our new info sheet, What You Need to Know About Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Your support makes our work possible. Thank you.

P.S. Read our new metastatic breast cancer info sheet here.

Our Year-End Match Starts Now

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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’re powerful when we join together as a community. Thank you! And we’re thrilled to share that, with just four days left in 2018, a long-time Breast Cancer Action supporter has stepped forward to generously match all year-end donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. 

There’s no better time to give because every donation we receive between now and December 31 will be DOUBLED. Make twice the impact by giving now!

In 2018, your determination and belief that you can make a difference helped us hold the powerful accountable. Thank you.

Here’s what we’ll do with your generous support in the year ahead: 

  • Stand strong as an independent watchdog and provide an important counter balance to hyped-up headlines and corporate influence.
  • Provide strong regulatory and legislative advocacy that puts public health before corporate profit.
  • Demand systemic changes that will reduce our involuntary exposure to toxic, cancer-causing chemicals and stop cancer before it starts.

Your support matters so much right now. Please help by making your year-end gift to Breast Cancer Action today and know your gift ensures we can stand strong as the watchdog of the breast cancer movement.

Our values infuse every level of our work, including where we get our money. At Breast Cancer Action, we aren’t in the pocket of any industry and our strict conflict of interest policy makes all the difference in the world in our work. We’ll never be a mouthpiece for the breast cancer industry, which means you can always count on us to put your health, well-being, and community needs before the interests of pinkwashing and polluting corporations.

All that we have and will accomplish is because of the commitment and support of our grassroots community—members like YOUPlease give as generously as you can and your year-end donation will be MATCHED. If you have already made your gift, please accept our sincere thanks!

If you have any questions or need help making your donation, please contact Lopa Pal at or (415) 243-9301 x19.

Tell This Pinkwasher: “Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer!™”

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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 Breast Cancer Industry Month, we’re calling out Ford Motor Company for driving up the risk of breast cancer.

Scientists have known for decades that the carcinogens and hormone disruptors in auto exhaust cause breast cancer, chemicals like benzene, 1,3-butadiene, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Even Susan G. Komen—which receives funding from Ford Warriors in Pink—recognizes that PAHs found in auto exhaust “may be associated with breast cancer.”

Astonishingly, earlier this year Ford announced they will almost exclusively sell SUVs and trucks in the U.S.—vehicles with higher cancer-causing emissions—and will stop selling nearly all other passenger cars, including their only 100 percent electric, zero emission vehicle.

Join us in telling Ford to stop pinkwashing and help put the brakes on the breast cancer epidemic by no longer making vehicles that produce exhaust.

As one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers in the U.S., Ford could make a big difference. Instead, Ford plans to focus on sales of higher-emission SUVs and trucks in the U.S. They’re even introducing a new diesel F-150 truck, which means now America’s best-selling vehicle, is offered with an engine that emits even more potent mammary carcinogens.

Instead of using their power as one of the largest auto manufacturers to lead the way in cleaning up the auto industry, Ford has actually been lobbying the Trump administration to lower emission standards. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The technology exists to make fully electric vehicles.

Warriors in Pink tells women that they have to fight hard against breast cancer. But it doesn’t matter how hard women “fight” if the air they breathe is full of cancer-causing chemicals because of Ford’s hypocrisy.

Join us in telling Ford that the best way to show they care about people affected by breast cancer is to make the shift to 100 percent zero emission vehicles.

Send your letter now directly to the executives of Ford and tell them to stop pinkwashing and help put the brakes on the breast cancer epidemic by no longer making vehicles that produce exhaust.

Pinktober is Coming. Get Ready.

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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 compassionate organization that never shies away from the hard truths, the phrase rings just as true.

With Pinktober just around the corner, I’m excited to share some ways that you can “do something” to get ready for the onslaught of pink and to challenge the hypocrisy of the breast cancer industry. 

  1. Brush up on our “Critical Questions for Conscious Consumersso you’re ready to assess all the pink ribbon promotions—and help your community do the same.
  2. Create a “Don’t Pink For Me” fundraising campaign to support Breast Cancer Action.You can trust us because we’re free from conflicts of interest. Tell your friends and family “Don’t Pink for Me” and ask them to make a donation to Breast Cancer Action in your honor instead.
  3. Spread the word about our work and tell your friends to sign up for our emailsMake sure your family and friends are in-the-know about our campaign when we launch at the beginning of October.
  4. Like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterBe ready to “like” and share our posts with your friends and retweet us using our this year’s Think Before Your Pink®campaign hashtag. Your active engagement helps amplify our message!
  5. Gather with others in the SF Bay Area Breast Cancer Action community at our Action Speak Louder than Pink – Food for Thoughtfundraising dinner on October 15 for a thought-provoking program accompanied by a delicious meal.

Together, year after year, our collective action has changed the landscape of pink ribbon marketing and made pinkwashing companies change their ways. Let’s do it again this year. We’re counting down the days until we launch this year’s Think Before You Pink® campaign. Watch for an email about how you can join us in action!

This is What the #CancerResistance Looks Like

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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 justice issues. As activists across the country are calling for justice and demanding change, Breast Cancer Action is leading the #CancerResistance!

DONATE NOW to support the #CancerResistance!

The country is at a crossroads, and people across the country are calling for social justice as part of a broad and powerful growing movement. #MeToo is pushing back on patriarchy and entrenched misogyny. #BlackLivesMatter is shining a light on police violence and racism. #NeverAgain is changing the conversation about gun violence. With your support, Breast Cancer Action is challenging the cancer industry as we lead the #CancerResistance.

Our work has never been more important than it is right now. Work that matters for the millions of people who are living with and at risk of breast cancer. Work that can’t be separated from the larger push for social justice. Work that makes sure women’s health never gets sidelined.

Your gift is more important than ever and funds our vital grassroots activism.
 and we’ll send you your own “This is What the Cancer Resistance Looks Like” sticker

Thanks to the support of donors and members like you, we’re fighting the cancer industry—the interconnected web of corporations that profit from and contribute to the disease while working hand in hand with multi-million dollar nonprofits to raise billions in the name of breast cancer.

And we’ve shown again and again that when people like you and me join together to demand a better world, we can and we do win, against the odds.

There’s a lot that needs to change right now to address and end the breast cancer epidemic. And I can assure you, we will persist, until lives and communities aren’t threatened by breast cancer! So much is at stake. Please donate today and join the #CancerResistance.

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Questions to Ask Before You WalkBefore You Walk or Run for Breast Cancer

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come together to participate in breast cancer walks and runs across the U.S. Since the first breast cancer walks began in the 1980s, they have become one of the most common ways for people to try to do something about breast cancer.

Some of these walks have become huge affairs that are hosted by multi-million dollar charities and sponsored by multi-billion dollar corporations that raise millions to “end breast cancer.” And yet each year, 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 women die of this disease.

If you want to be sure your time and money are truly making a difference, here are four questions to ask before participating in or donating to a breast cancer walk.