Colon Cancer Risk Higher for Affluent Hispanics

December 2012

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

Season’s Greetings from your friends at CPIC! What puts some people at higher risk of cancers? Is it a particular chemical they are exposed to or something about their neighborhood? Is it their family history? CPIC’s response to questions like these is what inspires people like Louisa Gloger to give to CPIC generously of their time, energy and financial support, as you’ll read about below. We hope you’ll join her in supporting CPIC through the Matching Challenge 2012, now at $35,000. With this additional boost to the campaign - which ends on December 31, 2012 – now is the perfect time to give the gift of prevention to someone on your holiday list. We wish you and your family our best wishes for good health in the New Year.

Higher Income Means Higher Risk of Colorectal Cancer for Hispanics

CPIC researcher Iona Cheng, Ph.D., and her team have released findings from their latest study of colorectal cancer (CRC) among racial/ethnic groups in California. They found that higher socioeconomic status (SES) was associated with lower rates of colorectal cancer among whites and African Americans, which is consistent with other study findings. However, surprisingly, they found that higher SES was associated withhigher rates of CRC among Hispanics. CRC cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States but is preventable with regular screenings, which include polyp removal when necessary. In addition, studies have found that diets high in vegetable and fruit intake and increased physical activity to be associated with lower risk of CRC.

California Governor Appoints CPIC's Peggy Reynolds to State's Carcinogen Identification Committee

Last month, Governor Brown selected CPIC Senior Research Scientist Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D., as one of the “State’s Qualified Experts” to serve on the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) for evaluating chemicals under Proposition 65, which regulates potentially harmful substances. Basing their decisions on the most current scientific information available, Dr. Reynolds and the other experts on the committee will determine if specific substances – including those not yet reviewed by other authoritative bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency or the World Health Organization – should be included on the “Prop 65” list, a list of hundreds of chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and birth defects. The listing prohibits the designated chemicals from being discharged into drinking water sources and can trigger labeling requirements. Ultimately, the work of the CIC protects drinking water from these substances and warns consumers of potential exposures to toxic chemicals in consumer products or in public places in order to reduce or eliminate exposures. Dr. Reynolds will continue to conduct research at CPIC in the same capacity.

Read the news article announcing Dr. Reynolds' appointment

The Pipeline: New Funding Supports Research of Cancer Disparity Issues

Many population groups suffer disproportionately from cancer and its after-effects. CPIC specializes in research that aims to alleviate these problems which are also known as “cancer disparities,” and most of the recently funded CPIC-affiliated studies reflect this focus. These studies address cancer disparities by examining specific breast cancer risk factors for Asian Americans, the particular role of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status in cancer development and survival, and – as part of CPIC’s goal to reduce the burden of cancer where it cannot yet be prevented - the extent to which state-of-the-art cancer treatments are incorporated into medical practice and given to cancer patients in different communities.

Learn more about our recently funded work

Cancer Survivor and Nonprofit Finance Professional on "Smart Giving"

Thanks to a generous $10,000 gift from Louisa Gloger through the Woodbury Foundation, CPIC’s Matching Challenge 2012 has increased from $25,000 to $35,000. “I’m supporting CPIC’s Matching Challenge because it’s smart giving,” says Louisa, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Triple Step Toward the Cure. “You can increase your impact and also work with others to Get In Front of cancer.” Being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at only 31 years of age propelled Louisa to help other women and support cancer prevention. She believes her support will help other people – including her own daughters - avoid the disease she faced. Louisa is member of CPIC’s Board of Trustees and says she fully appreciates the “brain power” at CPIC. “Research topics at other institutions can be so broad, but CPIC scientists really drill down and follow through in addressing targeted questions,” says Louisa. “This gives me confidence in CPIC’s cancer prevention work, from a patient perspective.”

Join Louisa in supporting CPIC through the 2012 Matching Gift Challenge

Behind the Scenes: Meet CPIC's New Chief Operations Officer

Reed Goertler, an executive with a strong background in research administration, has joined CPIC as its new Chief Operations Officer. In addition to being responsible for day-to-day operations of CPIC’s administrative functions, Mr. Goertler will be looking at ways to broaden the organization’s revenue base and to add complementary business. “We are excited to have Reed working with us,” said CPIC’s Chief Executive Officer, Sally Glaser, Ph.D. “He brings extensive relevant experience, including NIH, federal, state and private grant acquisition, as well as significant background in the for-profit sector. He is going to be a tremendous asset for CPIC.” Reed says, "I am eager to get back into working with a research-based organization. Cancer is an important area that has touched my family and something that I have worked with in the past."

Learn more about Reed and his role at CPIC

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