Charities & Activism


Since 1991, the National Breast Cancer Coalition's trained advocates have lobbied at the national, state and local levels for public policies that impact breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment. Our grassroots advocacy effort has hundreds of member organizations and tens of thousands of individual members working toward increased federal funding for breast cancer research and collaborating with the scientific community to implement new models of research, improve access to high-quality health care and breast cancer clinical trials for all women, and expand the influence of breast cancer advocates everywhere breast cancer decisions are made.

NBCC's sister organization, the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, empowers and trains these advocates to be effective in every aspect of the fight to end breast cancer. NBCCF gives women the tools to make their own informed decisions and take a leadership role with legislative, scientific and clinical decisionmakers. NBCCF also helps guide the public through the maze of information on breast cancer.

To achieve our mission of ending breast cancer, we focus on the following three main goals:

* RESEARCH: Increasing appropriations for high-quality, peer-reviewed research and working within the scientific community on issues of importance to women with, or at risk of, breast cancer

* ACCESS: Increasing access for all women to high-quality treatment and care, as well as breast cancer clinical trials

* INFLUENCE: Increasing the influence of women living with breast cancer and other breast cancer activists in the decisionmaking that impacts all issues surrounding breast cancer

Through our grassroots network, NBCC has already brought about fundamental change: increasing federal appropriations for breast cancer, creating an unprecedented breast cancer research program administered by the Department of Defense, bringing about and overseeing the National Action Plan on Breast Cancer (a public/private partnership), promoting new models of research, training legions of advocates in both science and policy, using facts and evidence-based research to dispel breast cancer myths and inaccuracies that occur in the media, and bringing breast cancer to the forefront of the nation's agenda.


Activities: donations, spokeperson, concerts


March 28 , 2007

Sheryl Crow Lobbies to Break Breast Cancer Bill Logjam

Singer and Cancer Survivor Crow Joins Push to Study Links Between Cancer and the Environment

March 28, 2007

Senators from both parties took a short break from the Iraq War funding debate to unite behind an offensive in a different kind of war -- a war that was declared back in the Nixon administration. And they brought out the heavy artillery -- on Capitol Hill there is no better way to draw people to your press conference than star power.

Today it was breast cancer survivor Sheryl Crow, who appeared with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York (and others) from the left, and Sens. Orrin Hatch and Lisa Murkowski from the right.

"I was in high school when President Nixon declared a war on cancer," Crow said. "And there I am, 25 years later, diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago."

Funding for cancer research should be increased, the singer argued. "The war on cancer should be won," Crow said.

Crow appeared with lawmakers to lobby for the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act, which was first introduced in 2000. She met yesterday with the Congressional Women's Caucus.

Nothing brings out reporters and TV cameras on Capitol Hill like a real-live celebrity, who gets recognized outside the beltway.

"I know the platinum-selling musician you came here to see is not Orrin Hatch," said Hatch, who in addition to being a senator is also a successful writer of religious music.

The bill sets a national strategy and authorizes $40 million per year to fund research on possible links between breast cancer and the environment.

There is a higher occurrence of breast cancer in some New York Zip codes than in others, Clinton pointed out. Murkowski said that native Alaskan women have a higher incidence of cancer than other ethnic groups.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who told the audience that his wife had a scare when a lump in her breast was biopsied in the past several months, vowed to pass the legislation this year.

The bill was held up last year when anti-pork crusader (and OB-GYN) Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., placed a hold on the legislation. He worried that the bill would take the authority for research out of the hands of scientists and put it into the hands of politicians. Then-Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., had declined to sidestep Coburn's hold. Since then, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, which has been the chief proponent of the legislation, has declared a PR war on Coburn.

"The fact is, [National Institutes of Health] already has the authority to study possible environmental causes of breast cancer and is conducting that research to the tune of $100 million per year," Coburn said in a statement last year. "It's also important to note that the $690 million NIH is spending every year on all forms of breast cancer research is almost twice as much as any other area of cancer research. Colon cancer, for example, claims 40 percent more lives every year than breast cancer, but we spend nearly twice as much on breast cancer research."

NBCC President Fran Visco, Grammy winner and NBCC advocate Sheryl Crow and Speaker Nancy Pelosi meet to discuss passage of the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act (S.579, H.R.1157). Goodman/Van Riper Photography