Zero Breast Cancer works to facilitate an active exchange of information with community members. Through workshops, forums and community education programs, Zero Breast Cancer translates complex research projects to make science more understandable and to promote community action.
Education Programs Include:
- Workshops on conducting community-based research and understanding breast cancer research techniques.
- Community forums and town hall meetings with national breast cancer researchers.
- Outreach to adolescent girls to give them information to make healthy choices about their lives.
- Adolescent Health Initiative
The Breast Biologues
The Breast Biologues: A biology dialogue about breast cancer and the environment is a 15-minute animated video premiered in November 2010. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Coyote, The Breast Biologues uses time-lapse imaging to explain how the normal breast develops and how exposures to potential cancer-causing chemicals during specific periods of development might influence future breast cancer risk. In addition, comic books based on The Breast Biologues are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The comic books, which discuss the biology of the breast and latest BCERP research, can be used in conjunction with the video or on their own.
Of Mice and Women
Of Mice and Women is an educational tool kit for breast cancer advocates and community members that will promote an understanding as to why mice models are used in breast cancer research.
Our work with BCERP highlighted a need to educate women and men throughout the Bay Area about the role basic science plays in cancer research. As leaders of the COTC, we worked with Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, PhD, a member fo the BCERP basic science project at New York University, to develop the educational tool kit Of Mice and Women: Modeling Breast Cancer and the Environment. The kit includes a 35-minute DVD and an accompanying scientific glossary that explains in easy-to-understand terms how basic scientists pursue research questions and the advantages and disadvantages of using mice models to study breast cancer in humans.
Zero Breast Cancer, in partnership with UCSF and University of California Television, UCTV, has co-produced ten educational videos on breast cancer, suspected environmental factors and prevention. As of January 2013, these videos have attracted over 550,000 web views/downloads worldwide. You may view these videos online by visiting: http://www.uctv.tv/zerobreastcancer/