Latest CPIC Findings on the Radio

July/August 2013

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

If you want to support a worthy cause this summer and do it in a fun way, come to the 15th annual Oakland A’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Sunday, September 1st, which benefits CPIC’s Community Education Program. Until then, read below to find out about the results from our latest cancer research findings in the news - which highlight groups who would benefit from more attention toward particular cancers – as well as the latest information on our most recent studies. It may be summer, but we never take a vacation from cancer prevention!

CPIC Findings on the Radio: Groundbreaking Study Shows Certain Groups in Need of More Attention to Rising Rates of Lung, Breast, and Liver Cancers

CPIC has released findings from the first major study of cancer incidence trends among Asian American groups in the U.S. The research team, led by CPIC Research Scientist Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D., examined data representing more than half of all Asian Americans, including eight of the nation’s largest groups - Asian Indians/Pakistanis, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Kampucheans (Cambodians), Laotians and Vietnamese. The findings were featured recently on the radio and reveal increasing trends among certain groups, suggesting the need for targeted prevention and/or screening efforts for specific cancer types, in particular to address: lung cancer among Filipina and Korean women and Asian Indian/Pakistani men; breast cancer among all women; and liver cancer among Vietnamese, Laotian, and Kampuchean women and Filipino, Kampuchean, and Vietnamese men. “Asian Americans represent a diverse population from more than 50 different countries, and yet despite this, most research and cancer statistics tend to aggregate these groups, often giving the impression of positive health profiles,” said Dr. Gomez. “This study fills a critical gap in our understanding of the cancer experience of Asian Americans.”

Listen to Dr. Gomez talk about the findings on KGO 810 news radio

CPIC and Stanford Study Shows Melanoma is More Deadly in Young Men

Together with clinicians at Stanford, CPIC Research Scientists Christina Clarke, Ph.D., and Theresa Keegan, Ph.D., have released results from a study that focused on survival after a diagnosis of melanoma skin cancer among young males and females. They found that Caucasian male teenagers and young adults are 55% more likely to die of melanoma skin cancer than females of the same age. Their findings, which were published in the June 26th issue of JAMA Dermatology, suggest that there may be some important biological reasons for this survival disparity in young men.

Read a news article on the findings

Behind the Scenes at CPIC: Studying How Social Networks Can Help Breast Cancer Survivors

Many now consider online social networks - such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - a normal, if not integral, part of life. For those who have personal experience with cancer, certain social networking sites that are targeted to the cancer patient and survivor community may be valuable tools for connecting anytime and anywhere with other cancer survivors, as well as gaining access to important information and support systems. CPIC Research Scientist Gem Le, Ph.D., studies the role of the social environment as it relates to improving community health. Dr. Le is determined to find out more about the role social networks can play in helping those who have faced cancer. She is conducting a study at CPIC to find out how breast cancer survivors, in particular, use and can benefit from online social networks with a cancer focus.

Watch this video to find out more about Dr. Le and her work

The Pipeline: How Cancer-Experienced Is Your Hospital?

One of CPIC's newest studies is a multidisciplinary project that brings together statisticians, clinicians, policymakers, and consumers. Sponsored by the California Health Care Foundation, the study involves CPIC Research Scientist Christina Clarke, Ph.D., and her collaborators working to better understand the relationship between the numbers of cancer-related surgical procedures performed at hospitals and patient outcomes. The ultimate goal of Dr. Clarke and the study team is to design a website that will allow California consumers to look up information on their local hospitals' volumes of cancer procedures, as an aid in decision making.

Learn more about our recently funded work

CPIC Grants Emeritus Status to Former Director and Chief Scientific Officer

CPIC has conferred the title of “Emeritus Research Scientist” upon its former Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Dee West, Ph.D. The new title is in recognition of Dr. West’s extraordinary and extensive service, which includes over 25 years of leadership in advancing CPIC research. In addition to serving as director and Chief Scientific Officer at CPIC, Dr. West expanded CPIC’s cancer registry and brought several large cancer research and outreach initiatives to the organization, including the Breast Cancer Family Registry – a breast cancer research program and massive repository of data for research - the CanCORS program – which studies care and survival of lung and colorectal cancers - the Cancer Information Service – a federally funded cancer education program - and the Every Woman Counts call center, which gives underserved women access to cancer screening services. Dr. West recruited and mentored many of the cancer prevention research scientists at CPIC today, and also played an instrumental role in establishing an ongoing partnership between CPIC and the Stanford Cancer Institute.

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