Diet High in Fish May Help or Harm

February 2012

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

Every month is cancer prevention month at CPIC, but February is National Cancer Prevention Month and we stand with the rest of the country in its focus on this important strategy. In this issue of In Front we present a study that looks at how a diet high in fish impacts health. Read below to see why the way you cook your fish may make a difference. You’ll also find information about two upcoming events. The 11th Annual Allison Taylor Holbrooks/Barbara Jo Johnson Breast Cancer Conference is taking place at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio once again this year. This event, in March, is intended for breast cancer patients, survivors and friends and family, as well as medical professionals. You will also want to consider attending the Plumpjack/LINK Golf Tournament at the end of April. This annual event, now in its thirteenth year, is a fundraiser to support the Community Education Program’s breast cancer outreach at CPIC. I hope to see you at one of these.

Diet High in Fish May Help or Harm

CPIC Scientist Esther John, Ph.D., released a new study, which found that diets high in dark fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines reduced the risk of prostate cancer if the fish were cooked at low temperatures, as with baking or boiling. This suggested protective effect disappeared when the fish was cooked at high temperatures, as occurs with broiling, grilling or pan-frying. The study also found that men who ate two or more servings per week of white fish cooked using high-temperature methods were twice as likely to develop advanced prostate cancer as men who never ate any fish.

How healthy are your fish-eating habits?

Behind the Scenes: CPIC’s Biostatisticians

At CPIC, the world-class, cutting-edge research that goes on here is all about data, and lots of it. Along with that data comes a committed group of individuals who regularly manipulate mountains of raw information to help CPIC’s team of research scientists do their work more effectively. In this article we sneak a peek into the work of biostatisticians at CPIC.

Meet CPIC's committed biostatisticians and find out what it is they do.

Pipeline: Recent Funding Supports Two Projects at CPIC

A five-year study directed by Ingrid Oakley-Girvan, Ph.D., M.P.H., received additional funds in January for work exploring the connection between exercise and healthy bones in women under 50 with breast cancer. Also in January, Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D., received funding for a study that delves into the connection between social factors and non-small cell lung cancer in Latinos in California.

Visit the awards page for more information.

Allison Taylor Holbrooks/Barbara Jo Johnson Breast Cancer Conference

Part of CPIC's work to reduce the burden of cancer where it cannot yet be prevented, the 11th Annual Allison Taylor Holbrooks/Barbara Jo Johnson Breast Cancer Conference will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco. The event is for breast cancer patients and survivors, their families and friends, and medical providers, and nobody is turned away for lack of funds.

Find out more about the conference and register.

Annual Plumpjack/LINK Golf Tournament

Polish up those golf clubs and get ready to join us on Monday, April 30th, 2012 for the 13th Annual PlumpJack/LINK (Learning, Information, Networking and Knowledge) Golf Classic! This annual event combines a fun-filled day on the Lake Merced Golf Course with extravagant silent and live auctions, followed by dinner, to raise funds for breast cancer outreach by the Community Education Program at CPIC. And if your swing leaves something to be desired, you can still participate by becoming a sponsor.

Sign up now or find out about becoming a sponsor.

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