We envision a world with zero breast cancer.
Zero Breast Cancer helps individuals and communities understand scientific research on environmental risk factors and lifestyle variables that influence breast cancers. We promote disease prevention through targeted communication of evidence-based recommendations that support health and wellness at key stages of life.
Collaboration. Conversation. Communication. Education.
We collaborate with local and national scientists on studies designed to identify the causes of breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence. Community voices ensure research is relevant, understandable, and bidirectional. We adopt and adapt multiple communication channels to best reach our target audiences with appropriate information in 3 areas:
- Primary prevention of breast cancer
- Prevention of breast cancer recurrence (and quality of life)
- Promotion of healthy choices in pre-adolescent and teen girls
Breast cancer risks are not clear cut or sudden; they are complex; they interact; and they are embedded in both our physical and our social environments. Therefore prevention must be multi-faceted, incremental and sustained.
At Zero Breast Cancer, we focus on modifiable risk factors--things that we can change--either individually or within our community. These things affect our overall health and often play a role in other chronic diseases. We address:
- Physical activity
- Stress management and adequate sleep
- Nutrition and healthy eating habits
- Reduced exposure to radiation and chemicals that affect hormones or otherwise elevate breast cancer risk
- No or limited alcohol consumption
- Breast feeding
- Health equity
We recognize that social & economic conditions impact our ability to live in healthy places and pursue healthy behaviors. While many disparities are systemic, through education we can increase our resilience and change our environments to improve the health of all.