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…

Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Elected Chair of the California Breast Cancer Research Program Council

Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D., the director of science at the Breast Cancer Fund, has been elected chair of the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) Council, and begins her one-year term on September 1. For nearly a decade, the Breast Cancer Fund has played a leadership role in CBCRP, which is the largest state-funded breast cancer … Read more…

New study stokes debate about early-stage breast cancer treatments, shines light on need for primary prevention

  By Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D. A new study, published in JAMA Oncology, found that aggressive treatments (surgery followed by radiation therapy) of ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, did not lead to a reduction in death. While the study sparks questions about how DCIS should be classified and treated, … Read more…

Toxic cosmetics offer rude awakening to college intern

by Lauren Trambley Do you know the chemicals that are lurking in your cosmetics bag? How about the ones hiding in the suds of your shampoo? What’s in the deodorant that seeps into your sweat glands? Okay, I’ll admit it. These are unfair questions. I can’t possibly imagine you read the labels of every product … Read more…