Taxpayer Contributions Address Unique Breast Cancer Issues in California Communities


Lyn Dunagan

January 28, 2010—Oakland, CA—Thanks to voluntary taxpayer contributions, a researcher at the Scripps Research Institute is investigating a new target for treating brain metastasis; a postdoctoral student at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope is researching breast cancer risk factors and survival in African American and White women; and a research team at University of California, Los Angeles, is studying the relationship between patients’ abilities to understand their health information and the outcomes of their treatment.

These taxpayer contributions, known as the Tax Check-off, are on California individuals’ state income tax forms, and are fully tax deductible. The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) receives contributions to Line 450, and the Program’s Breast Cancer Research Council applies those funds received to research projects that they feel are of special interest to California. Previous contributions have supported all or part of 51 research projects, such as:

“Tax Check-off contributions extend our ability to pursue research answers that aren’t on a federal agenda,” says Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch, M.D., M.P.H., director of the CBCRP. “Although all of our research is focused on California, these tax check-off projects generally have a component that could advance more rapidly into clinical use, or could help inform changes in health policy or health service delivery. They’re tremendously important to the program.”

The three latest Tax Check-off recipients were funded in July 2009; the CBCRP offers one funding cycle per year. Projects often span three years or more as teams assemble and analyze data, and progress reports and final outcomes are posted on the CBCRP website, For more information about the Tax Check-off or to see a list of other Tax Check-off recipients, visit

About the California Breast Cancer Research Program
Created by the State Legislature in 1993, the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) is the largest state-funded breast cancer research program in the nation and is administered by the University of California, Office of the President. To date, the CBCRP has awarded 860 grants to 98 scientific institutions and community entities, totaling over $205 million for research in California to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer. Awards include traditional investigator-initiated projects, community-based collaborative research projects, and program-directed special research initiatives. Grants from the CBCRP fill gaps not traditionally funded by other research programs to jump-start new areas of investigation that push the boundaries of research and foster new collaborations. The CBCRP is funded through the voluntary tax check-off program on personal income tax form 540, a portion of the state tobacco tax, and individual contributions. For more information, call 888 313-2277, or visit