Zero Breast Cancer promotes breast cancer risk reduction through translation of scientific research and evidence-based recommendations that support health and wellness at key stages of life.
We envision a world with zero breast cancer.
What we know
Breast cancer risks are not clear cut or sudden; they are complex, they interact and they are embedded in our physical and our social environments. Therefore, risk reduction and prevention efforts must be multi-faceted, incremental and sustained.
What we do
At Zero Breast Cancer, we focus on modifiable risk factors--things that we can change--either individually or within our community. We recognize that social and economic conditions impact our ability to live in healthy places and pursue healthy behaviors. While many disparities are systemic, through education and empowerment we can increase our resilience and change our environments to improve the health of all.
We address issues such as:
- Physical activity
- Stress management and adequate sleep
- Nutrition and healthy eating habits
- Reduced exposure to radiation and chemicals that affect hormones or otherwise raise breast cancer risk
- No or limited alcohol consumption
- Health equity
How we do it
Zero Breast Cancer has a long and distinguished track record as a community partner to scientists seeking to understand breast cancer risk factors in our physical and social environments. Currently, we are community partners in Kaiser's Pathways Study and Child Health and Development Studies' research on pregnancy and pesticides. We are also a member of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Navigation Project.
We draw upon the latest research from our scientific partners and others to create innovative, integrated health and wellness materials that promote practical ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Our two current campaigns translate sound science into calls for individual and community action: Girls’ New Puberty/Las Niñas y la Nueva Puberdad/早來的青春期 and 13 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer/13 Formas de Disminuir el Riegso de Tener Cáncer de Mama. We share information in person at events and distribute materials to organizations that share our campaigns with their clients. Over 30,000 posters, pamphlets and infographic bookmarks have been distributed to the following locations and organizations:
- High school health and wellness centers
- High school health fairs
- High school breast cancer club meetings
- Student led projects in 7th and 12th grade
- Girl Scout troops
- County wide girls' empowerment conferences
- Breast cancer conferences in diverse communities
- Community clinics
- Partner organizations
- Online readers of ZBC blogs, social media and monthly e-newsletters
Who we serve
Everyone, with a focus on youth, teens and breast cancer survivors in underserved communities.
For more in-depth detail on our strategic roadmap, click here!