A Simple Test that is 90% Effective Against Cancer

March 2012

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

Colorectal cancer claimed more than 5,000 lives in California last year, and it is the third most common cancer among both men and women. As you’ll read in this month’s In Front, it is one of the easiest cancers to detect and prevent. Yet, despite significant recent progress in reducing deaths and new cases of colorectal cancer, screening according to recommended guidelines is used by only half of people over 50 (those at greatest risk). Read below to find out more about this challenge and about what one of our research scientists is doing to improve those numbers. I’d also like to let you know about an exciting event we have planned for early this summer. Performers from some of the Bay Area’s leading dance companies are coming together to produce a one-of-a-kind evening of entertainment to Get In Front of cancer and benefit CPIC. Find out more about this exciting event below. Enjoy.




A Simple Way to Prevent Cancer

When it comes to cancer prevention, it doesn’t get much better than this. According to CPIC Research Scientist Bang Nguyen, Dr.P.H., “with early screening and detection, colorectal cancer is 90% preventable and curable.” Among the most easily detected and treated cancers, colorectal cancer is still the third leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women. That’s one reason Dr. Nguyen has devoted so much of his time and energy to studying how to increase screening for colorectal cancer and educate people about its effectiveness.


Learn more about screening and how important it is for




Proposition 29 Seeks to Fund Cancer Research

Proposition 29 is a new California ballot initiative that, if passed, would provide more than $700 million a year for cancer research (including prevention, detection and treatment) as well as tobacco education and cessation. The funds would come from a $1 per pack additional tax on cigarettes sold in the state. Make sure you vote on June 5 on this important ballot initiative.


Find more information here, along with the full text of the initiative.




The Pipeline: Funding Supports Three Continuing Projects at CPIC

Three studies received continued funding in February. The research scientists directing those contracts or studies at CPIC are: Esther John, Ph.D., and Dee W. West, Ph.D. Of particular interest is the continued funding of LEGACY Girls Study headed by Dr. John. This multi-center study will recruit 900 girls aged 6-13 years, including 270 from the Bay Area, and follow them for 5 years. Half of the girls will be from families with breast cancer, and half without. Studying pubertal development in the girls will help us gain a better understanding of the role of early-life factors in breast cancer families that could impact breast cancer development and thus ultimately translate into new preventive measures for girls starting at a young age.


Visit the awards page for more information.




Save the Date! Get In Front Performance Scheduled for June 6

In an unprecedented gathering of dance talent, performers from prominent Bay Area dance companies will join together this summer for a one-night only, once-in-a-lifetime performance to benefit CPIC. The evening will include some of the best the Bay Area dance community has to offer, including performances by dancers from SF Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, ODC/Dance, AXIS Dance Company, Smuin Ballet, Zhukov Dance Theater, Robert Moses' Kin, and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Tickets for the performance will go on sale April 11—visit www.GetInFront.org for information.


Don't miss out on this remarkable evening of entertainment.




Ways of Giving

Leslie is a cancer survivor who wants to make sure others don’t have to go through what she went through. A year out from her last chemo treatment and not only is she feeling good enough to raise funds to prevent cancer, she’s feeling so good she’s doing it by riding her bike 66 miles (a metric century)! As part of the Fremont to Fog Fundraiser, Leslie is raising funds for both CPIC and Breast Cancer Connections. You can support Leslie and CPIC at the same time by visiting the CPIC donation page and making a donation “in honor of” Leslie McGarry… Today! Leslie’s fundraising goal is $2,000 and she’s almost there. Your gift of any amount will help.


Make your donation to support Leslie and CPIC today



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