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  • Our research scientists and their teams collaborate with colleagues around the world to conduct cutting-edge research using large data-sets to:
    • understand the causes of cancer
    • find ways to prevent it or detect it early
    • improve outcomes for cancer survivors 
  • Established in 1974 as the Northern California Cancer Program, the organization later became known as the Northern California Cancer Center. The name was changed again in 2010 when it became the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), which reflects the organization's broader scope and demonstrates its large scale impact of preventing cancer before it starts.
  • Through its collaborative approach, CPIC also serves as an asset to the nation’s leading cancer fighting organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, and to scientists worldwide, educators, patients, and clinicians, and is affiliated with the Stanford Cancer Institute.
  • Our scientists are frequent contributors to major scientific journals, and often present their findings at important cancer-related conferences. CPIC research has been covered by numerous local, national and international media outlets, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.
  • CPIC operates the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry as part of the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program and the California Cancer Registry. As required by law, the registry gathers data from hospitals and doctors on all cancers diagnosed and treated in nine Bay Area counties. This information is used to produce cancer statistics and as a platform for research to understand cancer occurrences and survival. Our registry regularly earns Gold Standard Certification by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.
  • Our Community Education team provides important information to cancer survivors, their families, health and medical professionals and others through conferences, publications and websites on many cancer-related topics including employment, patient advocacy, care giving, specific cancers, treatments and breakthroughs.
  • CPIC was first to report on the alarmingly high and increasing rates of breast cancer in the Bay Area and Marin County in the 1990s. In subsequent studies, CPIC found that when women stopped taking hormone replacement therapy, breast cancer rates declined immediately and dramatically. This showed that hormone therapy was a major contributor to the high rates previously reported and identified one clear path to breast cancer prevention.
  • CPIC described increased occurrence of melanoma in young women in California, particularly in high socioeconomic areas, implicating use of tanning beds as one cause. This finding led to passage of the first statewide legislation to ban minors from using tanning beds, which should ultimately reduce occurrences of deadly melanoma in young persons.
  • CPIC found that risk of breast cancer was lower for women engaging in more physical activity, such as walking and biking, doing household chores and yard work, and being active on the job. This shows a simple and practical way women can help prevent breast cancer from occurring.
  • CPIC studies have shown that women exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke have a higher risk of lung cancer even if they don't smoke, and that exposure to household smoke increases their risk of breast cancer over and above the risk they incur from smoking themselves. These findings have been important in leading to anti-smoking legislation.
  • CPIC assessed whether sun exposure, which is the main source of vitamin D, is related to prostate cancer risk. Using the difference in skin color measured on the forehead and upper underarm as an indicator of sun exposure, the study found that prostate cancer risk was reduced by 50% in men with a high sun exposure index, with an even higher reduction in risk noted in men with certain alterations in the vitamin D receptor gene.
  • CPIC was the first to show that breast cancer survival is not uniform across women of different Asian ethnicities, irrespective of how advanced the cancer was when diagnosed. In California, Korean, South Asian and Vietnamese women had the poorest survival after breast cancer, pointing to the need in these communities for better screening and/or breast cancer treatment.
  • CPIC demonstrated that the rates of both early and more advanced melanomas were rising in all populations in California. This disturbing finding signals a true and alarming epidemic of this deadly cancer, and it has been cited over 245 times in the medical literature since 2009 because it identifies a major public health problem.
  • CPIC showed that survival after follicular lymphoma, a common form of this cancer, is lower in poorer communities than in more affluent communities. This demonstrates population disparities in cancer treatment and shows a need in poorer communities for more access to skilled lymphoma care, including access to new successful drug treatments.
  • CPIC found that California nail salons had higher than expected levels of carcinogens and other banned substances in the air, identifying the need for better standards and the importance of clarifying whether such exposures lead to cancer and other undesirable health outcomes.
  • CPIC used two approaches to learn how best to help Vietnamese communities in California receive lifesaving colorectal cancer screening: one approach involved lay health workers directly educating the community on the importance of screening, and the other involved advertising about colorectal cancer screening. CPIC found that the use of lay health workers worked best to improve the screening rate, proving that organized community involvement improves colorectal screening practices among Vietnamese-Americans in California.
  • CPIC was the first to show definitively that among nonsmokers, women were more likely than men to have lung cancer. Until this paper, there were no hard data about the incidence of lung cancer in nonsmokers. This study has been cited extensively as motivation for other research to understand the reasons why.
  • CPIC was the first to study the level of BRCA1 mutations (genetic changes responsible for increased risk of breast cancer) in nonwhite women. This work found that young African American and Hispanic women with breast cancer had a particularly high prevalence of BRCA1 mutations, and signaled the importance to these communities and their doctors of screening for this mutation when indicated.

Oakland Athletics Strike Out Breast Cancer

Date: Home games June 27th - September 6th  
Location: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA 

Join us at the ballpark this summer and support breast cancer awareness with the purchase of a cap or pin!! You will find us on the concourse behind Section 120. You can also purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a custom quilt autographed by the entire 2015 A’s team. Proceeds from all sales benefit both CPIC and the American Cancer Society.

Summer fundraising sales culminate on Sunday, September 6, with the 17th annual A’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day, honoring breast cancer survivors with a special celebration of life and hope.  

 


The Personalized Medicine World Conference Silicon Valley
PMWC 2016 SV

Date: January 24-27, 2016

Location: Mountain View, CA

The Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) is an independent and established Silicon Valley conference founded in 2009 and co-hosted with Stanford Health Care. PMWC 2016 Silicon Valley will gather close to 1200 multidisciplinary attendees and key stakeholders from the business, government, healthcare delivery, research and technology arenas to examine the advances and challenges of personalized medicine through a practical lens.

Program and Registration Information

CPIC is pleased to partner with PMWC Silicon Valley 2016.



Annual Events   


15th Annual Allison Taylor Holbrooks/Barbara Jo Johnson Breast Cancer Conference

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Location: Golden Gate Club
135 Fisher Loop, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Registration Fee: $20.00 per person
Continuing Education Units for RN, LCSW & MFT: $35.00 additional
Registration will be available at the beginning of 2016
To receive a brochure for next year's conference, please send us an email with your information.
Email: education@cpic.org
Phone: (510) 608-5165
Valet Parking will be available

The conference is sponsored by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California.


17th Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic

Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Location: Lake Merced Golf and Country Club 2300 Junipero Serra Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015


If you are interested in the following:
Playing Golf
Attending Dinner & Live Auction
Becoming a Sponsor
Donating Goods/Services to the Auction
Becoming a Volunteer

More information will be available at the beginning of 2016 

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2016



Women in Employee Benefits Invitational Charity Golf Tournament 

Date: June 2016

Location: Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club, 3000 Alexis Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Join us for a fun-filled day of golf and networking at the 25th annual Women in Employee Benefits Invitational (WEBI) charity golf tournament benefiting The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). 

Contact Kathleen Vaillancourt at kathleen@claremontcompanies.com or 800.696.4543.



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