A Closer Look at the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program
The Department of Defense (DOD) has operated the peer-reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) since 1992 as a result of NBCC’s “$300 Million More” campaign to increase federal funding for breast cancer research. Due to NBCC’s grassroots advocacy and the DOD BCRP’s demonstrated success, Congress has appropriated funding for it each year since.
The program vision is a world without breast cancer, specifically it seeks to “accelerate high-impact research with clinical relevance, encourage innovation and stimulate creativity, and facilitate productive collaborations.” Some of the keys to the DOD BCRP’s success include:
Last year, 197 U.S. Representatives and 27 Senators supported NBCC’s bipartisan effort to increase funding for this worthy program. This year, we urge our NBCC advocates to encourage their Members of Congress to sign the Dear Colleague Letters in support of level funding for the program at $150 million for Fiscal Year 2022. The program receives funding from the Appropriations Defense committee, and NBCC has begun the process of urging Members of Congress to sign the DOD BCRP Dear Colleague Letters.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act Update and NBCC Tools to Help You Take Action
Congressional Reps. Castor (D-FL-14) and Katko (R-NY-24) are circulating a Dear Colleague Letter in the House of Representatives prior to reintroducing the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act in the 117th Congress. The letter gives House Members the opportunity to become an original cosponsor on the legislation. We need your voice on Capitol Hill to get support for the bill. One easy way to reach your House Member is to use the NBCC Action Center. Here you can share NBCC’s message and why they should become an original cosponsor with just a few clicks. If you are interested in more information on NBCC’s public policy activities, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Virtual Advocate Leadership Summit
Mark your calendars! The National Breast Cancer Coalition is holding its Virtual Advocate Leadership Summit this year on May 13-15, 2021. The exciting program will include skill-building workshops for advocates, updates from scientists on the latest research, and numerous networking opportunities. Attendees will hear from experts on topics such as moving the needle on disparities in breast cancer, the Artemis Project, and how the new Congress and administration will shape breast cancer policy. On Monday we will host our Lobby Day Briefing and state delegation meetings. And on Tuesday, May 18, advocates will participate in a Virtual Lobby Day to ensure our leaders in Congress join us in our fight to end breast cancer.
Registration for the Virtual Summit is $150 per person, or $125 with a buddy discount. Registration is now open, register here.
NBCC increases federal funding for breast cancer research, monitors how research funds are spent, expands access to quality health care, and ensures that trained advocates influence all decisions affecting breast cancer. Join NBCC and thousands of others to keep breast cancer a priority for Congressional and state policymakers. Join our efforts today.