BCC initials square logo 2-5-13The Breast Cancer Consortium (BCC) is an international working group 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.

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Why Change The Paradigm?

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

Consider This:

  • In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 63,960 new cases of in situ breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the United States. Among US men, there will be an estimated 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer. Approximately 40,920 women and 480 men in the United States will die from metastatic breast cancer in 2018.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cancer in women worldwide and is increasing at higher rates in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages.
  • Screening mammography does not prevent or cure breast cancer. Population screening programs have not led to a significant decline in the incidence of advanced breast cancer as would be expected, and may also lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
  • Pink ribbon products still 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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