About Breast Cancer Action

Founded in 1990, Breast Cancer Action was started by women in a San Francisco breast cancer support group who were frustrated by the lack of knowledge about their disease. Led by the late Elenore Pred, they created an organization that would help transform breast cancer from a private medical crisis to a public health emergency.

BCA continues this work, and is now a national education and activist organization that challenges assumptions and inspires change to end the breast cancer epidemic.

While BCA has thousands of supporters throughout the United States and abroad, we do not have chapters in other cities. We encourage those who are interested in being a part of our work to subscribe to our newsletter and monthly ealert.

Mission Statement

BCA carries the voices of people affected by breast cancer to inspire and compel the changes necessary to end the breast cancer epidemic.

What does BCA do?

1. Advocates for policy changes in three priority areas:

- Treatment by shfting the balance of power at the FDA away from the pharmaceutical industry and towards the public interest while advocating for more effective and less toxic treatments.
- Environment by decreasing involuntary environmental exposures that put people at risk for breast cancer.
- Inequities by creating awareness that it is not just genes, but social injustices - political, economic, and racial inequities - that lead to disparities in breast cancer outcomes.

2. Provides information to anyone who needs it via newsletters, Web sites, e-alerts, and a toll-free number.

3. Organizes people to do something besides worry.

Core Principles and Values

1. We are a membership organization.
2. We honor each person’s commitment and energy to our mission.
3. We are not afraid to examine all sides of all issues.
4. We cannot be bought.
5. We tell the truth about what we discover.
6. We serve individuals while reaching the broader population.
7. We value the involvement of grassroots activists through the country and around the world to further our mission.
8. We encourage people to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer.
9. We believe access to information is vital.
10. We recognize that structural changes to society are needed to accomplish our mission.

A Brief History of BCA
Illustrated Timeline of BCA History