Breast Cancer Action (San Francisco, CA)


  • Name:Ms. Joyce Bichler
  • Title:Deputy Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Breast Cancer Action
  • Address:657 Mission Street, Suite 302
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:415-243-9301

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Breast Cancer Action is to carry the voices of women affected by breast cancer to inspire and compel the changes necessary to end the epidemic. We conduct our work through a social justice lens and feminist analysis. We recognize that breast cancer is not just an individual health crisis but a public health crisis, and we place the burden of prevention and treatment where it belongs: on our social structures and our regulatory systems. We have three priority areas:

    • Putting Patients First – producing patient-centered analyses of breast cancer research and policy, sharing science-based information with women living with and at risk for breast cancer and with decision-makers, and advocating for policies that put patients before corporate profits

    • Creating Healthy Environments – promoting strong, comprehensive chemical regulation to limit involuntary exposure to toxins that increase women’s risk for breast cancer

    • Eliminating Social Inequities – researching and working to end systemic injustices that lead to inequities in breast cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality

    As the independent watchdog of the breast cancer movement, BCAction has a strict policy against taking money from the pharmaceutical industry or from any entity that profits from cancer. This policy gives us the freedom to tell the truth about breast cancer and ensures that we always put patients before corporate profits. We conduct our own in-depth, patient-centered analysis of the studies and science underlying today’s breast cancer issues and make that analysis available to everyone through public education efforts, media campaigns, FDA testimony, and more.

  • Overview:
  • BCAction recognizes that women today are facing a public health crisis. The current approach to breast cancer, which emphasizes screening and awareness, is failing. Breast cancer is a complex set of diseases and can’t be reduced to quick fixes. Billions of dollars have been invested, and for some enormous profits have been made, with little to show for it in terms of finding and addressing the root causes of the epidemic. BCAction uses a social justice approach to create systemic change to prevent breast cancer and meet the needs of women living with the disease.

  • History:
  • Twenty-three years ago, a group of San Francisco Bay Area women with breast cancer was seeking information about the causes and treatment of the disease. They encountered unresponsive government agencies and private organizations that provided inadequate, superficial information—not the science-based data they were looking for. They grew angry and turned that anger into action by forming BCAction. BCAction is not a soft, “pink,” breast cancer organization. Breast cancer takes lives and there is nothing pretty or pink about it. We recognize that health policy must be grounded in science, not false hope and hype, and we’re not afraid to take controversial stands:

    • In June of this year, BCAction celebrated a landmark victory when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that patents on DNA are invalid. BCAction was a plaintiff in this historic case, along with genetic counselors, researchers, and individual patients. We challenged bio-tech giant Myriad Genetics’ patents on the BRCA 1 & 2 genes, commonly referred to as the “breast cancer genes.” The patents were one of the single greatest barriers to breast cancer research, improved testing, new diagnostic tools, and targeted therapies. The case, first filed in 2009, was argued before the Court by the American Civil Liberties Union in April. The decision is a watershed moment in women’s health and a tremendous step forward for women with a known or suspected inherited risk of breast cancer.

    • BCAction is leading the fight against “fracking”—a toxic energy extraction process that potentially exposes all of us to harmful chemicals linked to breast cancer and other diseases. We are a founding member of the Americans Against Fracking coalition and the Stop the Frack Attack coalition, both of which are developing national strategies to end fracking. We participated in the three-day Stop the Frack Attack conference, where we helped plan next steps in the national anti-fracking strategy and represented important women’s health and the breast cancer perspectives. We participated in anti-fracking events in North Carolina and Ohio as well as San Francisco’s Environmental and Climate Justice rally. And we supported two important federal anti-fracking bills, the BREATHE and FRESHER Acts, both of which seek to close regulatory loopholes. Our work on this issue is vital because while the connection between breast cancer and fracking is strong, there are few public health organizations, and even fewer breast cancer organizations, that are taking a public stand on this issue. As a women’s health organization focused on breast cancer, BCAction is well suited to speak powerfully about the need to prevent exposure to carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals in our environment

  • Year established:1990
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:10


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:94-3138992

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:943138992
  • Organization Name:BREAST CANCER ACTION
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ZOE CHRISTOPHER
  • Organization Address:657 MISSION ST STE 302
  • Organization City:SAN FRANCISCO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94105-4113
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1996
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):320
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:Z99Z
  • Asset Amount:$358,042
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$765,504
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$734,276
  • Last Updated:2/20/2018 11:13:21 pm

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