Physical Therapist Gets In Front
July 2012Dear Get In Front Supporter,
Here’s to summer! The season brings with it many opportunities to Get In Front. It’s a great time to be outdoors and refresh efforts to be more physically active. There’s a bounty of sun-kissed fresh produce in season for eating. There are more daylight hours to learn about cancer prevention and get involved, like CPIC friend Lisa Giannone has, as you'll read below. In this issue we emphasize the importance of research that recognizes that Asian Americans are not a single homogeneous group, but rather numerous, distinct groups, as we've studied extensively. We also highlight CPIC research that informs breast and skin cancer prevention, and offer other cancer prevention tips for you and your family.
Asians Are Not All Alike: CPIC Responds to Nationally Released Study
Last month the Pew Research Center released a report titled, The Rise of Asian Americans, which set out to “draw a comprehensive portrait of Asian Americans.” In response to this report, experts at CPIC who have found important differences among Asian American subgroups point out that we’ve come a long way to recognizing the incredible diversity in this population and that broadly suggesting Asian Americans are “model minorities,” as the Pew report does, can have serious harmful consequences for those in these groups.
Cancer Prevention Tips for the Summer
Whether you’re planning your summer vacation getaway, watching the Olympics to get inspired or just enjoying the season, here are some tips to help you and your family be healthy and physically active this summer. Enjoy eating right to the fullest by choosing in-season fruits and vegetables and shopping your local farmers market. Get moving at home or near your vacation destination by using this Olympics-inspired tool to find nearby sports activities. Do you still smoke or know someone who does? Check out these tips for taking a vacation to quit smoking or how to quit smoking during a vacation.
The Pipeline: Working with Families for Breast Cancer Prevention
In June, CPIC received continued funding for its work as part of a five-year study to follow-up with Bay Area families who are participating in the Breast Cancer Family Registry. With the new funding, CPIC’s Northern California Family Registry for Breast Cancer, along with the other registries contributing to the study, is updating information on the families' cancer and medical histories using a mail questionnaire. Through this work, Esther John, Ph.D., – the study’s principal investigator at CPIC – and her international collaborators hope to create more accurate models for predicting breast cancer risk by analyzing multi-generational family history, genetic data, and lifestyle risk factors. These tailored models will help direct more effective prevention strategies, particularly for women at high risk of breast cancer.
July is UV Safety Month
While sun protection is important year round, Ultra-Violet (UV) rays from sunlight are the greatest during the late spring and early summer. Many of us enjoy the outdoors more than usual this time of year, so it’s a good time to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s information on skin protection basics. And check out this video from CPIC Research Scientist Christina Clarke, Ph.D., who has an important message about skin cancer prevention while on vacation with her kids. Last year, Dr. Clarke’s melanoma findings made it to the state capitol, influencing important tanning bed legislation.
Physical Therapist Gets In Front
Lisa Giannone is a physical therapist and founder/principal of Active Care, a center for sports and orthopedic rehabilitation and training. She has worked with college, professional, and gold medal Olympic athletes, and performing arts professionals. Since being diagnosed with stage four metastatic head and neck cancer five years ago, Lisa often thinks to herself, "How did this happen? How do I not let it happen again?" So when she heard about the Get In Front performance to benefit CPIC, she knew she had to help promote it. In May, she hosted a party that introduced the performance and the Get In Front cause to her friends, colleagues and clients, ultimately supporting the success of the Get In Front performance. CPIC extends heartfelt thanks to Lisa for inspiring support of CPIC's work to prevent cancer and reduce its burden.
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