The Big Picture of Cancer in California

June 2012

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

We just released our 2011 Annual Report with the theme of Leadership in Innovation. When CPIC began its work in 1974, we were pioneers in the field of cancer prevention research, and we have stayed on the leading edge of that research through risk taking and innovation. The annual report examines how our novel work studying environmental toxins and cancer risk, maintaining our large cancer registries and developing multifaceted approaches to lower the incidence of melanoma and breast cancers, is leading to changes in public health policy, and is influencing other state and national policies aimed at cancer prevention. I hope that you will take a few minutes to go through the report and see for yourself how CPIC is leading and innovating national efforts to put an end to cancer. Enjoy.

Breast Cancer Treatment Choices Among Asian American Women

A study of treatment options used by Asian American women with early-stage breast cancer in California, led by CPIC Research Scientist Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D., found that a patient's neighborhood, socioeconomic status and even the type of hospital where she received her treatment frequently result in differential treatment and potentially less successful health outcomes.

Find out more about Asian American women and breast cancer treatment.

An Evening of Dance and Fundraising to Prevent Cancer

Earlier this month, 32 of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most talented and committed dancers came together at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco to Get In Front of cancer. The Get In Front Performance, which raised more than $138,000 for CPIC research and programs, was made possible by San Francisco Ballet Soloists Garen Scribner and James Sofranko. We want to thank everyone involved in the performance, everyone who attended and especially our incredibly generous supporters and sponsors.

In case you missed it, you can read some of the media coverage here.

The Pipeline: Grant to Study Lung and Colorectal Cancer Patients

Four studies received new or continuing governmental funding in May. The research scientists directing those projects are: Christina Clarke, Ph.D., Esther John, Ph.D., and Dee West, Ph.D. One of these studies focuses on lung and colorectal cancer. It will collect information about medical care practices, outcomes, and information about behaviors and perceptions among newly diagnosed patients.

Visit the awards page for more information.

Ways to Get In Front

Everybody has his or her own way to Get In Front of cancer. Leslie McGarry, a cancer survivor (pictured on right), recently did it by hopping onto her bike and riding 66 miles up and down some pretty formidable hills around the Bay Area as she cycled from Fremont to Pescadero. Leslie raised more than $4,000 for CPIC and Breast Cancer Connections, and even managed to bring three of her friends along with her. Best of all, it looks like Leslie is committed to making this ride an annual event. Our thanks go out to Tracy and her riding companions and we look forward to hearing about next year’s ride.

Find out how you can Get In Front of cancer.

CPIC Research Scientist Provides Perspective on Big Picture of Cancer in California

Cancer cases among children in California are on the rise, while adult cancer rates are declining, according to a recent report on the state of cancer in California by the California HealthCare Foundation. This much-cited report, which brought an overview of the enormous human and financial costs of cancer in California did note the good news that survival rates for both groups are increasing. CPIC Research Scientist Christina Clarke, Ph.D., provided perspectives from the standpoint of CPIC’s efforts to track cancer in California. She stated that, “the decrease in adult cancer cases has been driven by efforts to curb California's smoking rate, which has led to a decrease in lung cancer rates.” She added, “there was a 15% decline in breast cancer cases shortly after women learned about the risks of hormone replacement therapy in 2003.”

You can listen to a report on the study on KQED’s California Watch.

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