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Breast Cancer Doesn’t Stop For Pandemics—And Neither Do We

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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 that.

Breast cancer doesn’t stop for pandemics. There are women finding lumps, navigating a diagnosis, managing the impact of treatment, and facing the end of their lives each and every day, through the turmoil of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Breast Cancer Action is here for them, providing one-on-one information and resources and free educational materials to everyone who needs it during this turbulent time.

With all eyes on COVID-19, we remain vigilant as an independent watchdog. Because right now, corporations are working hard to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, trying to rollback health and environmental regulations that are critically important for preventing and treating breast cancer. But thanks to you, we can stop them.

Our work is focused on breast cancer, but our impact is so much bigger than this disease. Our founders knew that individual behavior alone can’t prevent an epidemic—neither breast cancer nor coronavirus—which is why we work for the necessary systemic solutions that put public health over politics and corporate profit. And it’s why we work to ensure that everyone has unbiased, evidence-based, trustworthy information and access to the healthcare we all need.

This work has never been easy, but it is necessary as long as more than a quarter of a million people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Because we know that there is nothing inevitable about this disease. And we believe that together we can build a world where our lives and communities are not threatened by breast cancer.

Your support makes our work possible. Thank you.

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.

Free Webinar: What Are Pink Ribbons Hiding?

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By Annie Sartor
Policy and Campaigns Coordinator, Breast Cancer Action

What’s the connection between Koch Industries and pink ribbon stethoscopes?

Why are pink ribbon products failing to end the breast cancer epidemic?

How is corporate influence infiltrating the breast cancer movement? Read More »