Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Sent By:
Katrina.Martell@mail.house.gov

Support FY2020 DoD Peer Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Appropriations

**This is a Programmatic Request that will require online submission. No financial disclosures are required.**

Deadline: Tuesday, March 26 at COB

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Dear Colleague:

In 2018, it is estimated that 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among U.S. women and approximately 2,470 new cases among U.S. men and more than 40,000 will die of the disease this year. In addition to invasive cancers, 63,960
new cases of in situ breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the U.S. in 2018. Despite tremendous effort to combat this terrible disease, we still have significant work to do in learning how to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer.  While we do not
have the answers, we know the worldwide research community is making progress and are confident that, with the right investments and structure, we can bring an end to breast cancer. The Department of Defense peer-reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (DOD
BCRP) is a critical tool in this effort.

Since its inception, the DOD BCRP has established itself as an innovative, competitive and accountable medical research program.  The groundbreaking science preformed through the program is changing the face of biomedical research.

The DOD BCRP is innovative not only because of the unique research that is performed, but also because it is so efficient and flexible. Over 90% of the funds go directly to research grants, awarded only to the best projects through a competitive process.
The program is able to quickly respond to current scientific advances and fill gaps by focusing on research that is traditionally underfunded.  It is also responsive, not just to the scientific community, but also to the public.  This is evidenced by the inclusion
of consumer advocates at both the peer- and programmatic-review levels.  The consumer perspective helps scientists understand how the research will affect the community and allows for funding decisions based on the concerns and needs of patients and the medical
community.

In an analysis of the DOD BCRP, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) commends the program and states: “the program fills a unique niche among public and private funding sources for cancer research.  It is not duplicative of other programs and is a promising vehicle
for forging new ideas and scientific breakthroughs in the nation’s fight against breast cancer.”

Last year, 182 U.S. Representatives supported our bipartisan effort to increase funding for this worthy program.  This year, we again ask that you sign the letter to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee in support of funding the Program at $150 million
for FY2020.

The deadline to sign the letter is Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

Please contact Katrina Martell (Katrina.Martell@mail.house.gov, Ext. 5-1313) in
Congressman Hastings’ office or Deena Tauster (Deena.Tauster@mail.house.gov, Ext. 5-7896) in Congressman King’s office with any questions.

Sincerely, 

 

Alcee L. Hastings                                Peter T. King
Member of Congress                           Member of Congress

 

James P. “Jim” McGovern                   Mike Bost
Member of Congress                           Member of Congress