June 30, 1998
BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER RESEARCH GRANTS ANNOUNCED
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. The Illinois Department of Public Health has awarded eight grants, totaling $395,477, for breast and cervical cancer research, Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director, announced today.
"Research into the causes, prevention and treatment of breast and cervical cancer are at a critical turning point," said Dr. Lumpkin. " With the help of contributions from the state's citizens, Illinois is doing its part to encourage local scientists to participate in this important research. Several of these state-funded projects have been able to expand and eventually attract additional federal funds."
Invasive breast cancer is diagnosed in approximately 9,200 Illinois women annually and claims the lives of 2,200 each year. Nearly 710 women in Illinois learn they have invasive cervical cancer and about 220 women die annually from the disease.
The grant monies come from the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Fund, a special fund to which taxpayers can contribute through their IL-1040 income tax returns, and state appropriations. Since 1994, 36 research projects have received more than $1.6 million $504,400 of which has been contributed through the tax check-off fund.
Thirty-nine grant requests were reviewed by the Department in consultation with the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Fund Advisory and Peer Review committees. Members of the advisory committee include representatives of the Illinois chapter of the American Cancer Society, Y-ME, the Komen Foundation and the State Board of Health.
The eight grant recipients are
Illinois' voluntary income tax funds must raise a minimum of $100,000 each year to remain on the IL-1040 form.
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