City Of Hope’s Breast Cancer and Environment Study

Since 2015, researchers Dr. Susan Neuhausen and Dr. Shiuan Chen at City of Hope have been examining chemicals in the environment and their relationship to breast cancer. Michele Rakoff, BCCRF Executive Director, has played the role as Community Partner and Kim Tankersley and Barbora Stankova, BCCRF Board Directors, are on …

Global Challenge to PREVENT Breast Cancer

UPDATE: The deadline to submit research ideas has been extended to January 31!


On September 21st, the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) launched the Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer. The challenge encourages researchers and advocates to share transformative research ideas with a goal of launching an entirely new direction for breast cancer research – focused on primary prevention.

Anyone passionate about breast cancer research — whether a researcher, physician, patient, advocate, or anyone else — is invited to enter. The Challenge is open to individuals and teams around the world and applications are being accepted in two categories: One for researchers and one for advocates. This is a great opportunity for advocates to develop their ideas and have their voices heard. Grand prizes of $5,000 cash will be awarded to each category; winners will also receive public recognition of their idea and the opportunity to work with CBCRP to bring their idea to fruition. The most promising ideas will frame CBCRP’s future funding strategy and will be further developed in California with $15 million in grant funding from the program.

At BCCRF, finding solutions to breast cancer is important to us. Our focus has always been to eradicate breast cancer through education, research, and advocacy. But despite significant advances in breast cancer treatment, individuals continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer at astounding rates that have remained essentially unchanged over the past three decades. Of the approximately $2 billion spent on breast cancer research each year, less than 10 percent is dedicated to prevention research. The opportunity for discovery is immense, and the time for breakthroughs is now – to help prevent the more than 2 million breast cancers worldwide that are diagnosed each year. BCCRF has had a long history of working with the CBCRP and we are proud of this bold initiative.

The application window will be open from September 21, 2018 to January 31, 2019 and the award will be announced in April 2019. The world needs your help to ensure the best and brightest minds know about this challenge. We encourage you to submit your own idea, share the challenge with friends and colleagues, and post about it on forums and listservs you belong to. Get the full details of the Challenge and learn how you can apply here.

Since 1994, CBCRP has awarded over $280 million in research funds to institutions across California. Learn more about CBCRP

A Meeting of the Minds in Chicago

by Michele Atlan, BCCRF Board Director The annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago is a huge event that brings together oncology professionals from all over the world. The latest news in state-of-the art cancer research, therapies, controversies and policies are all discussed over the …

A View from the Summit

Exciting news from the Nation’s capital! Members of our Board just attended the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) annual Advocate Leadership Summit in Washington DC, and it was an energizing and jam-packed 3-day event. Almost 200 advocates from all over the U.S. gathered to hear the latest news on cutting-edge …

An Easy Way to Help Researchers: Upload your DNA Info

One quick, easy and efficient way for would-be advocates to participate in scientific research is to contribute their genetic data to DNA.Land, a non-profit partnership of geneticists from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center. Millions of people have already had their DNA tested through 23andMe, Ancestry.com and FamilyTreeDNA …