Breast Cancer Action Fact Sheet

  • BCA was founded in 1990 in San Francisco by a group of women with breast cancer who were frustrated by the lack of information about the disease.
  • BCA is a national, nonprofit organization with more than 17,000 members, 10,000 of whom live in California.
  • Almost 60 percent of BCA’s support comes from individual contributions, the remainder comes from foundation and corporate grants, and in-kind contributions.
  • BCA was the first national breast cancer organization to adopt a policy that it would not accept financial support from pharmaceutical companies or any other corporations that profit from or contribute to the cancer epidemic. (1998)
  • BCA’s “Think Before You Pink” campaign urges consumers to ask critical questions before supporting pink ribbon marketing campaigns. (2002)
  • BCA co-sponsored the California Safe Cosmetics Act (SB 484) requiring cosmetics manufacturers to report to California’s Department of Health Services (DHS) the harmful ingredients in their products. It was the first legislation of its kind in the United States. (2005)
  • BCA helped draft and enact into law California’s first Breast Cancer Act, which raises money for screening and research, and guarantees that advocates will participate in decisions about what research is funded. (1993)
  • BCA’s co-founder, Susan Claymon, was the first chairperson of the California Breast Cancer Research Council. (1994)
  • BCA’s executive director is Barbara A. Brenner.
  • BCA is headquartered in San Francisco and has 10 employees.