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PCRM Names “Cruelty-Free” Breast Cancer Charities

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and dozens of charities are vying for your donations. Unfortunately, many of those charities spend donated funds on animal tests. Please consider donating to one of the following six charities that have received the Humane Charity Seal of Approval:

The Cancer Project
An independent, separately incorporated affiliate of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, The Cancer Project advances cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education and research. Begun in 1991 as a PCRM program, it became a 501(c)(3) organization in 2004. The Cancer Project offers free vegetarian nutrition and cooking classes focused on cancer prevention and survival in more than 40 cities throughout the country. For more information, see

American Breast Cancer Foundation
ABCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors. Its mission is to provide early detection, education, and screening services to those in need through outreach programs such as Remote Area Medical Expeditions. It also advocates for and funds research in such groundbreaking areas as ductal lavage, cancer vaccines, and DNA microarray technology, and provides financial and other support and assistance to individual patients. For more information, see  

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
The goal of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade is to benefit all women through research, clinical care, support services, education, and early detection. Special emphasis is placed on reaching medically underserved women, including low-income, elderly, and minority women, and women without adequate health insurance. Reversing historical disparities in breast cancer care is also a priority of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. For more information, see

The Breast Cancer Fund
TBCF believes that most breast cancer can be prevented, and has adopted a bold mission—eliminate the environmental causes of the disease. Through public education, policy initiatives, outdoor challenges, and other innovative campaigns, TBCF mobilizes the public to secure the changes needed to stop this devastating epidemic. For more information, see

Cancer Treatment Research Foundation
Since 1995, the foundation has committed over $10 million to researchers around the world. It actively monitors the progress of funded researchers to ensure advancement in studies by measuring the positive impacts on patients. Projects funded include studies on all types of cancer, patient quality of life, novel immunology treatments, and integrative medicine therapies. In the breast cancer field, a number of studies have been funded that measure effects on patients of new treatments, prevention strategies, and vaccines to prevent relapse. For more information, see

Since 1976, SHARE has been empowering communities and individuals to advocate for increased access to care, improved quality of life, and increased research funding. Its unique support model ensures that no one need face breast or ovarian cancer alone. Many emotional and practical issues can arise from a cancer diagnosis. Cancer survivors help others address these issues by drawing on their own experiences. SHARE’s services include hotlines, survivor-led support groups, wellness programs, educational forums, outreach programs, and advocacy activities. For more information, see


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