Our Newest Breast Cancer Prevention Studies

October 2012

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In this issue, we honor those with a history of this most common women's cancer by highlighting a program supporting cancer survivors. We also redouble our commitment to prevent breast cancer and reduce its burden through our cutting-edge research on breast cancer risk and our free mammogram referral services. You'll also see that our scientists launched numerous studies this past month. Even as we begin new work, the results of our research continue to influence policies across the nation. So that critical work like this can continue to have far-reaching impact, we hope you'll join our Chairman of the Board in supporting The 39 Years • $39,000 • 39 Days Campaign.

A Rush of CPIC Studies Launch with New Funding

Dr. Hsing (left) and Dr. Reynolds (right), primary investigators of new CPIC breast cancer studies Seven brand new CPIC research studies are underway this month after receiving new funding in September. The focus of these studies spans a range of prevention topics, including investigations of breast cancer risk, worker health problems, and how where you live affects your cancer risk. CPIC Director of Research Ann Hsing, Ph.D., and Senior Research Scientist Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D., are leading studies focusing on potential breast cancer risk factors. Dr. Hsing and her team are beginning investigations related to women’s sleep disruption, while Dr. Reynolds and her team are – through the California Teachers Study - evaluating women’s exposure to air contaminants in different areas over the last 30 years and at particular stages of life.

Learn more about our newest studies

October Breast Cancer Awareness: Early Detection Opportunities Through CPIC

To encourage early detection of cancers, CPIC operates the Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts Consumer 800 Number. Through this program, CPIC call center staff refers qualifying low-income women to free breast and cervical cancer screenings throughout California. Diane Jones-Abney (shown right) answers calls and refers women to screenings as part of this program. “Over the past 14 years I've worked at CPIC, the Every Woman Counts program has helped over 230,000 women who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford breast and cervical cancer screening exams. It makes my day when I realize how grateful the women we help are when we tell them they've been prequalified for a free mammogram or cervical exam.” For more information about this program, call 800-511-2300.

Learn more about Every Woman Counts at CPIC

Behind the Scenes: What Drives CPIC's Chairman of the Board to Get In Front

Meet Sam Bronfman, Chairman of CPIC’s Board of Trustees. Sam (shown left) became involved with CPIC after losing his first wife to breast cancer. He was supporting cure-focused cancer research when he came to realize the particular needs in cancer prevention research. “I thought I could have a more substantial impact by supporting the targeted and well respected work of CPIC’s prevention research experts,” Sam says. He has since supported CPIC by volunteering on the Board of Trustees, making annual gifts in honor of others, participating in CPIC letter writing campaigns, and including CPIC in his estate. “I appreciate that CPIC focuses on risk factors of the most common cancers, but also of other cancers and in particular populations – from those in affluent areas to some of the most underserved communities,” says Sam. “I support CPIC so one day no one will even have to worry about a cure.”

Join Sam in supporting CPIC through the 39•39•39 Campaign

Call for Study Participants: Help Prevent Breast Cancer in Asian Women

The research team of the Asian Community Health Initiative (Asian CHI), a large-scale, collaborative study of CPIC and its community partners, is seeking study participants for interviews and questionnaire responses to investigate what is causing the high and rising rates of breast cancer in Asian women. The study team aims to discover factors among Asian American women that may be related to breast cancer risk. If you are a woman without a history of breast cancer and between the ages of 20-80 from any Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander ethnic group, and currently reside in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa or Santa Clara, please consider participating in this important study. For more information, contact asianchi@cpic.org.

Learn more about participating in the Asian CHI study by contacting the team

Upcoming Cancer Survivorship Conference Features Session for Young Adults

Adjusting to life after cancer treatment ends can be complicated and confusing. To help with this transition, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Community Education Program at CPIC, and the Stanford Cancer Institute are presenting a Bay Area cancer survivorship conference. It will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at UCSF's Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. The conference is free and open to adult cancer survivors 18 years of age and older. The program will address issues that affect survivors of all cancers, and will also feature a special session for young adults with a history of cancer. The deadline to register is October 15, 2012. For more information, contact CPIC Community Education at 888.315.5988 or visit the conference webpage. To register now, go to: http://www.tinyurl.com/survivorship2012 or call 866.450.0669.

Register now for the Bay Area Survivorship Conference

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