Meet CPIC's Newest Researcher

November 2012

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

As mentioned in a recent Los Angeles Times article featuring CPIC’s own Tina Clarke, prevention of health problems is the future. That’s why, right now, CPIC staff is at the forefront of focused work to determine how we can prevent more cancers. Every day, our expert scientists are discovering more about both genetic cancer risk and modifiable lifestyle practices to help you and your loved ones lower your risk, and more about why some groups have better survival rates than others. But to make a cancer diagnosis a thing of the past, we can’t do this work alone. Just like our friend Cody Higdem, highlighted below, you play a critical role in following and sharing our findings, and we hope you’ll invest in the future of prevention through our second annual matching challenge.

The Pipeline: CPIC and Collaborators Win $2.7M Grant to Further Strengthen International Breast Cancer Program

CPIC’s Dr. Esther John and her collaborators in the international Breast Cancer Family Registry were recently awarded a $2.7 million grant to extend their study of families with a history of breast cancer. The investigators will continue to follow over 13,000 multi-generational families enrolled in the study since 1995. In addition, they will enhance the study's data resources by reviewing the pathology of new breast cancers and categorizing these tumors by molecular subtype, and will expand their development of genetic profiles in order to identify genes associated with increased breast cancer risk. To facilitate the translation of study findings into improvements in clinical practice, Dr. John and her collaborators will also collect new behavioral data.

Learn more about our recently funded work

Behind the Scenes: Meet CPIC's Newest Researcher

Hailing from her recent post in Hawaii, Iona Cheng, Ph.D., has just joined CPIC’s team of cancer prevention research scientists and is adding a new dimension to our studies of genetics and lifestyle factors in relation to cancer risk. Her work focuses on multiethnic populations and genetic susceptibility to common cancers such as those of the prostate, colon/rectum, and breast. When she’s not at work, Dr. Cheng strives to stay healthy by running and practicing yoga. To learn more about Dr. Cheng’s background, studies, and why she came to CPIC, watch this video.

Watch a video of Dr. Cheng

CPIC Study of Social Factors Identifies Specific Subgroups in Need of Further Attention

CPIC scientists have released findings from the Neighborhoods and Breast Cancer Study, one of the first studies to look at a how a combination of social factors may affect a woman's survival of breast cancer. CPIC’s Scarlett Gomez, Ph.D., and Salma Shariff-Marco, Ph.D., and their team focused on race, education, and the socioeconomic status (SES) of women's neighborhoods. Comparing different subgroups to white women with high education in high SES neighborhoods, they found that regardless of education level, African American women in low SES neighborhoods had poorer survival and that most of their disparities were due to treatment and prognostic factors. Latina and Asian women with high education and in high SES neighborhoods had better survival. "We need to understand and address barriers to better survival for African American women in low socioeconomic status neighborhoods," said Dr. Shariff-Marco. "Identifying factors that lead to poor and better survival in all of these groups can help us design strategies to help more women survive after a diagnosis of breast cancer."

Learn more about the study findings

Starting this Month, Supporting Cancer Prevention Counts Twice!

Thanks to the generosity of CPIC supporters Richard Levy and Vinita Gupta, we’re launching our second annual matching gift challenge to support CPIC cancer prevention research and programs. Last year, our matching challenge exceeded its goal in just a few short weeks, and we hope you’ll help make this year’s challenge just as successful. Starting November 15th and continuing through December 31, 2012, all gifts for general operating revenue will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000, putting a total of $50,000 into preventing this disease. “Imagine a world without cancer. Making that dream a reality starts with prevention,” says Dori Ives, CPIC Director of Development and Communications. "Statistics indicate that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in this lifetime, but that can change if the public invests in prevention.” Don’t miss this opportunity to double your impact as together we shape the future of prevention!

Make your gift count twice and give today

Twitter and the Changing Landscape of Sharing Cancer Prevention Knowledge

With its 500 million users throughout the world, Twitter has changed the way a substantial segment of the human population uses and shares information. The existence of the social network has enabled CPIC, in particular, to easily share our cancer prevention research findings and other news in real time with more people, including Cody Higdem of Minnesota. Cody is a new, yet avid follower of CPIC news and Twitter posts. Known as @RaysHealingHand on Twitter, he was attracted to CPIC based on a Tweet he saw about a research finding on cancer risk. He says he refers to both past and current news from CPIC to provide valuable information about cancer risk and prevention to the audience of his own organization, Ray’s Healing Hand. "I feel very strongly that with proper prevention we can bring down cancer rates around the world," says Cody. "I like CPIC's Tweets because they're approachable and provide very compelling information about either longevity or environmental contributions to cancer rates."

Join Cody in following CPIC on Twitter

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