Since 1991, the MNBCC has worked tirelessly toward achieving our mission through numerous initiatives designed to provide education about breast cancer, as well as through our grassroots legislative advocacy efforts. Here is just a small sample of our many educational and legislative advocacy efforts over the years.

Educational advocacy

Legislative advocacy

  • Worked with NBCC to obtain more than $2 billion in funding through the federal government for peer-reviewed breast cancer research since 1992. 
  • Mobilized Minnesotans for four years to help NBCC pass legislation that provides treatment coverage for women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through a federal screening program. This program is known as the Sage Screening Program in Minnesota. It provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings and followup treatment to uninsured and under-insured women in Minnesota.
  • Update Minnesota’s legislative delegation about the importance of continued funding for peer-reviewed breast cancer research.
  • Support legislation for elimination of pre-existing conditions and no lifetime limits on care.


“Committed members of the Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition have been instrumental in nurturing the development and success of the Piper Breast Center. MNBCC members were present and active 16 years ago when our planners convened our first focus groups. They are well informed and steadfast in their advocacy for breast cancer patients and survivors in their communities and workplaces, and in the halls of the Minnesota State Legislature and the United States Congress.”

– Carol M. Bergen, RN, Clinical Manager, Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Piper Breast Center, Minneapolis

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