La Rhonda’s Story

At age 17, La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson came home from school one day to find her entire extended family gathered at her house. That’s strange, she thought. She knew that her mom had been sick, but she didn’t know it was cancer. Her mother died later that night. “I had a mother who put a lot … Read more…

Leading breast cancer journal article makes the case for prevention

Environmental exposures offer one of the greatest opportunities to reduce breast cancer risk, according to a recent article published in Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly, an interdisciplinary publication for medical professionals. While both scientific literature and mainstream media tend to focus breast cancer research and coverage on primary genetic mutations, these account for just … Read more…

How to find safe cosmetics: Tools and companies

Guest blog by Lauren Trambley, Breast Cancer Fund Intern After working for the Breast Cancer Fund and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics for a couple of months, the most common questions I get are: “Well, what is safe? What products can I substitute for my current ones?” While the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics provides scientific resources … Read more…

Breast Cancer Prevention Begins in the Womb

Guest blog by Ted Schettler, M.D., M.P.H. As breast cancer awareness month ends with its primary emphasis on early detection I’ve been more interested in what we’ve learned about opportunities for prevention. Amidst all the pink ribbons and disagreements about optimal mammography scheduling an important theme seems to be finally taking hold. Although opportunities abound … Read more…

Juice Beauty Founder Karen Behnke on a mission to make healthy cosmetics

As part 1 of a series on trailblazers— women who are on a mission to create change and make this world a better place—we would like to introduce you to Karen Behnke, the founder of Juice Beauty. We are proud to partner with Juice Beauty because of their commitment to providing safe and effective products. Juice … Read more…

Five facts about the drop in Marin County breast cancer rates

By Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D., Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Non-Hispanic white women in Marin County once had among the highest breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in the world. In 2001, there were 188 cases per 100,000 women. Recently, breast cancer rates plummeted, bringing Marin County on par with the California average. Since 2001, … Read more…

#RethinkThePink Shopping Guide

Did you know that the Breast Cancer Fund only partners with companies that share our values? We are proud to partner with companies who share our vision of a world in which we do not have to live in fear of losing our breasts, a world in which we don’t need a Ph.D. to protect … Read more…

#RethinkThe Pink: Top 5 Food Tips for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We are what we eat – but that isn’t always a good thing. By reducing our exposure to toxic chemicals in our food, we reduce our risk of disease. Choose organic fruits and veggies—avoid pesticides Pesticides are formulated with the intent of destroying pests—it’s no wonder that they’re harmful to our health as well. Studies … Read more…

#RethinkThePink: Top 5 Beauty Tips for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Beauty can be expensive, but should it cost you your health? Unfortunately, many of the beauty products we slather on our faces, swab on our eyes and paint on our lips contain toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer. Some of the companies that sell these products even have the audacity to slap a pink ribbon … Read more…

Conquering the Mountain Within

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. – Sir Edmund Hillary In September, Angel Santos Burres, a breast cancer survivor, participated in New England Peaks for Prevention, a fundraising hike supporting our  work to prevent breast cancer by eliminating toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Burres was diagnosed with cancer at age … Read more…