National Breast Cancer Coalition

Truth #23: Your tax dollars fund a significant amount of breast cancer research

TRUE. The federal government funds a significant portion of research for many types of cancer.

In 1992, NBCC launched its 300 Million More campaign to increase federal funding for breast cancer. It was a success, and in 1993 federal appropriations for breast cancer research rose to more than $400 million. The National Cancer Institute funding went from $100 million to $225 million, and $210 million of defense funding went to begin the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (DOD BCRP), all due to NBCC’s campaign.

Why is the Department of Defense funding breast cancer research? Learn more about the program's creation, unique features and demonstrated success. In response to NBCC’s advocacy, Congress has approved more than $2 billion in funding since the program began in 1993.

In addition, the National Institutes of Health has provided significant funding for breast cancer research for decades. Since 2001, NIH has spent roughly a half-billion dollars each year on breast cancer research.

Read more about the DOD BCRP and how your tax dollars make a difference in funding quality research.