About CPIC


On average, one in two of us will develop cancer in our lifetimes. At the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), we are committed to finding out why.
  • Why does one person get cancer and not another?  
  • Why are so many people affected? 
  • Why is cancer more common in some geographic areas or among certain racial/ethnic groups? 
CPIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization working to inform the public about the risk factors of cancer. CPIC's work also supports cancer survivors by sharing research findings on the causes of a cancer recurrence, recommendations to reduce side effects, the outcomes of various treatment options and more, 

Our location in the San Francisco Bay Area provides us with the unique opportunity to study cancer in our own diverse neighborhoods. This is critically important because cancer incidence and survival rates vary so widely among race, ethnicity, age, lifestyle, socioeconomic status and more.

Our History

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.

Research Studies 

The organization has grown and evolved from its original role of assisting with clinical trials of cancer drugs to its leadership in conducting world-class cancer prevention research to understand the path of cancer through distinct populations. CPIC also works closely with other leading cancer fighting organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, a formal partnership with the Stanford Cancer Institute, scientists worldwide, educators, patients, and clinicians. CPIC operates the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry as part of both the National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program and the California Cancer Registry. 

Most of CPIC’s research activities are supported through federal and state government grants and contracts to study some aspect of cancer, either specific cancers, such as breast cancer or prostate cancer, cancers linked to environmental exposures or in specific populations, such as those more prevalent in certain racial/ethnicity groups, low-income neighborhoods, or occupations such as nail salon workers. 

Community Education

Our community education program provides important information on prevention and survivorship through conferences and publications on many cancer-related topics including employment, patient advocacy, care giving, specific cancers, treatments and new therapies. 

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