Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation Fact Sheet
Who are we?
We are a non-profit 501(c)3 Public Foundation
What do we do?
We raise money to fund research examining the environmental causes of breast cancer
What else do we do?
Our mission is quite clear; we establish a direct line to the scientists and fund their research projects, and educate the public on how prevention is possible.
Why do we do this?
We believe that the environment has substantially contributed to the rise in cancer from the late 1940’s on, but we need to have definite proof of the proposition.
How do we do it?
Raise money through a variety of fundraising activities; individual contributions; sponsorships and strategic partnerships with companies who support our mission.
Who has benefited from our fund-raising?
Boston University School of Public Health; Tufts University School of Public Health; University of Rochester; Silent Spring Institute; National Breast Cancer Coalition
What makes the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation different?
Our goal is prevention. We are looking only at the environment and breast cancer and working toward preventing the disease.
Can we prevent breast cancer now?
No, but with your help, our scientific community says “soon”.
How is the research we fund different than others?
While most of the research looks at cure, our focus is to look at cause and prevention. We want to gain an understanding of the basic biological structure of the cells and ways to interrupt the impact of the environment on them.
How do we know where to find the scientists that are doing this work?
Research/contacts/ seminars/internet/publications… there is a targeted group of scientists doing this work. Each year we put out an RFP to ask for applicants to apply for our grants using the internet and hard copy letters to find the scientists and their studies.
Who reviews the grant applicants?
Our Scientific Advisory Board conducts the review process.
Is there an overlap in studying breast cancer and cancer in general?
Yes, it is a puzzle and the scientists do not know where the research will lead; but in fact, it does intimately all work in concert.
Can we believe in the news?
The news is often not new; and it is often geared to new drug discoveries and to the 5-10% population who have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. We must be very careful about reading the news and just accepting it as the “truth.”
Some other facts about breast cancer…
- 90% of all those diagnosed have no family history of breast cancer.
- Breast cancer is being treated and lives extended; it has not been prevented.
- 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Younger women are being diagnosed with breast cancer at an alarming rate: more women ages 15 to 54 die of breast cancer than any other cancer.
- All women and some men are at risk for breast cancer.
- Although breast cancer rates are stabilizing because of new drugs, the rate of diagnosis has not changed, but, in fact, continues to rise each year.