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UC is working to eradicate breast cancer.

Did you know that UC administers the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP)? The UC-based program is the largest state-funded breast cancer research program in the nation. The program awards grants to jump-start new areas of investigation to push the boundaries of research.

The California State Legislature created the program in 1993. It’s funded by the voluntary tax check-off program on California State Income Tax Form 540, a portion of the state tobacco tax and individual contributions.

One ongoing study the California Breast Cancer Research Program is funding involves investigating possible links between Vietnamese nail salon workers’ exposure to chemicals and health risks, including breast cancer. Thu Quach, a UC Berkeley doctoral alumna and research scientist at Fremont’s Cancer Prevention Institute of California, is leading the study. Read more on the UC Newsroom.

Supporting breast cancer research

If you’d like to support breast cancer research by making a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Fund on State Income Tax Form 540, you can learn more on the CBCRP website: If you’d like to make a donation online, please visit:

Learn more about breast cancer on Oct. 27.

Come hear California Breast Cancer Program Director Dr. Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch on Wednesday, Oct. 27, during a noontime brown bag session sponsored by the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. Dr. Kavanaugh-Lynch will tell us about “Breast Cancer Screening: Factors for Making Your Own Choices.”

Attend in person at Franklin 5320 or by teleconference.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 27
  • noon-1 p.m.
  • Franklin Building, Room 5320
  • Dial 866-740-1260 and enter access code 7226879.

More about Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch

Dr. Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch

Dr. Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch is the director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program. Her work includes setting priorities and developing strategies for the State of California’s research efforts designed to bring an end to breast cancer. She recently led a national panel that developed research strategies to explore disparities and the role of environmental contaminants in breast cancer.

She serves on the oversight group for the NIEHS/NCI Breast Cancer and Environment Research Centers and on the Scientific Guidance Panel for the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program. She has served on peer review and advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health, as well as for The Breast Cancer Fund, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the American Cancer Society.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Science in Pharmacology and a Doctorate of Medicine from New York University, and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. She trained in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland and in Oncology and Cancer Prevention at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) series – Women We Admire: UC Women Discuss Their Careers

Dr. Kavanaugh-Lynch’s presentation is part of the series Women We Admire: UC Women Discuss Their Careers, sponsored by PACSW. PACSW focuses on the advancement of women at UCOP.

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