BCC initials square logo 2-5-13The Breast Cancer Consortium (BCC) is an international nonprofit (501c3) that analyzes the social, cultural, and system-wide factors affecting breast cancer.

BCC promotes research and development in the social sciences and humanities and uses evidence-based models to inform and improve the breast cancer paradigm.

We volunteer our time, resources, and expertise to develop collaborative networks, leverage institutional resources, and secure grant-based funding when possible to finance projects that support our mission.

Read about our Board of Directors and Contributors.

See our current projects.

Why Change The Paradigm?

The social factors shaping breast cancer as public health issue are many. Advocacy. Economy. Public policy. Mass media. Social movements. Gender. Culture. Family. Community. Biomedicine. The health care system. And others. These forces intersect in awareness campaigns, public discourse, and public health with the unintended consequence of spreading misinformation, diverting funds, masking conflicts of interest, and supporting a multi-billion-dollar industry that has impeded progress.

Consider This:

  • More than 3 million women and men in the U.S. are living with a breast cancer diagnosis; Of these, 150,000 to 250,000 have stage 4 (metastatic) disease, which is terminal. Some 40,000 people die from metastatic breast cancer each year.
  • Pink ribbon products outpace efforts to support the diagnosed or make real progress in curbing the epidemic and reducing collateral damage from treatment.
  • It is nearly impossible to track how much money is raised in the name of breast cancer or how much companies profit from the breast cancer brand and its pink ribbon logo.

How To Address These Problems:

The Breast Cancer Consortium seeks to make visible the unintended consequences of the existing breast cancer paradigm and to identify key areas for change.

  • By providing information to the public, media, opinion leaders, and policymakers.
  • By developing analyses, exhibits, publications, and multi-media tools.
  • By sharing research, tools, and capabilities.
  • By conducting new research.
  • By promoting understanding of the socio-cultural factors impacting disease.

How You Can Help:

  • Learn more about why critical thinking on breast cancer is so important.
  • Support BCC, your community, and others organizing for change.

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