California Issues Report on Toxic Substances in Nail Products

April 2012

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

We are proud of the ongoing work that CPIC's Environmental Research Group has been doing on the nail salon health and safety issue, which we have told you about previously. As part of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, we have been able to apply our research to inform outreach efforts to salon workers and owners as well as consumers. Our research also has affected government policies, as we worked with governmental agencies to provide better regulatory oversight of the cosmetics industry. Last week, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control released a significant report that highlighted product mislabeling — toxic compounds were found in nail products that claimed to be free of such compounds. Please take a few minutes to read this coverage in the Los Angeles Times. Enjoy.

Not All Breast Cancer Survivors Fare Equally Well

Chinese immigrant women who are breast cancer survivors – a growing segment of the population – may face a tougher up-hill battle after treatment than US-born Chinese and White women. A recent study co-authored by CPIC Research Scientist Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D., and published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology, found that Chinese immigrant women may be less inclined to express their post-treatment needs to their physicians, which may result in greater emotional distress.

Read more to find out how ethnicity and place of birth can profoundly affect your health.

Buy Your Tickets Now! Get In Front Performance Scheduled for June 6

Tickets are now on sale for an evening of outstanding performance by dancers from the Bay Area’s most celebrated dance companies. This one-night only performance to benefit the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 7pm at the classic Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, and is limited to just 900 ticket holders. Performance tickets start at $35. All tickets priced at $125 or higher include admission to an After Party and Silent Auction. Visit the Get In Front website or call 415-392-4400. All proceeds from the event directly benefit CPIC’s cancer prevention research and other programs.

Purchase your tickets for the performance today!

The Pipeline: Funding Supports Study to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

A continuing study to increase colorectal cancer screening in Vietnamese Americans received funding in March. Directed by CPIC Research Scientist Bang Nguyen, Dr.P.H., the study targets a medically underserved population, by involving lay health workers and the media in disseminating evidence-based information about screening.

Visit the awards page for more information.

Organ Transplants, the Immune System and Cancer

Through innovative linkages of registries of transplant recipients with population-based cancer registries (such as CPIC’s Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry), researchers across the nation, including CPIC Research Scientist Christina Clarke, Ph.D., M.P.H., are gaining a better understanding of why people who receive organ transplants are at elevated risk for some cancer, especially lymphoma.

Find out more about these connections and how CPIC is helping to understand them.

Behind the Scenes with Program Managers: The Go-To People at CPIC

Each of the many large research studies at CPIC has a lot of moving parts, and can involve hundreds or even thousands of participants. And while keeping track of all the details in one of these large studies would seem to require an army of trained and experienced staff, at CPIC that work is done by just one CPIC program manager. Find out more about this small group of dedicated and incredibly competent staff who keep CPIC’s studies running by turning multi-tasking into a high art.

Meet CPIC's Program Managers

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