High Fruit/Vegetable Diet Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

November 2013

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

As we prepare our holiday meals, we can consult CPIC's recent findings below, suggesting the importance of eating as many fruits and vegetables as possible. (These fruit- and vegetable-based meal suggestions may be helpful as you plan your menus.) Also in the spirit of the season, we extend our gratitude and thanks to all who attended the fabulous Get In Front Performance - a benefit for CPIC - earlier this week! Even if you did not attend, it's not too late to join us in supporting cancer prevention at CPIC before the year ends. Check out our other stories below to learn more about our newest studies and a widely distributed Bay Area newspaper feature on CPIC scientists.

CPIC Study Finds Diet High in Fruits and Vegetables May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

A new study from CPIC and collaborators at Columbia University has found that women whose diets are primarily plant-based, consisting mostly of fruits and vegetables, have significantly lower risk of developing breast cancer, while women who consume a diet high in wine, salad and low-fat dressing may have increased risk. The researchers worked with information obtained from thousands of women and found that those who reported consuming the highest amounts of fruits and vegetables were 35 percent less likely to develop estrogen receptor-negative (ER-) breast cancer than those who reported eating the fewest fruits and vegetables. “The finding that women who are at high risk for ER- breast cancer can reduce their risk by consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is very encouraging. It provides a simple and important preventative measure for women to take, and one likely to reduce the risk of other major chronic diseases as well,” said CPIC Research Scientist and study author Pamela Horn-Ross, Ph.D.

See what else Dr. Horn-Ross says about a diet that can help women reduce their breast cancer risk

Major San Francisco Bay Area Newspaper Group Profiles Four CPIC Scientists

On October 20th, Bay Area News Group (BANG) published a story on researchers who specialize in studying breast cancer. The piece focuses individually on CPIC Senior Research Scientists Esther John, Ph.D., and Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D., as well as CPIC Research Scientists Christina Clarke, Ph.D., and Scarlett Gomez, Ph.D., and ran in all BANG papers, which include the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, Marin Independent Journal and others. In the feature, the scientists discuss a range of topics, including their personal connections to breast cancer and what inspires them, the focus of their work, some of the challenges they face in studying breast cancer, and their visions for the future of breast cancer research.

Learn more about Drs. John, Reynolds, Clarke and Gomez

This Holiday Season, Partner with CPIC to Prevent Cancers

Many people choose to support charitable causes during the holiday season. The practice has been gaining in popularity, with newly established campaigns such as #GivingTuesday, which promotes donating charitably on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As you choose your charities this season, we encourage you to consider the impact of CPIC's unique cancer prevention work. Too many have suffered the burden of cancer, which is why CPIC scientists work every day to protect our generation and generations to come. Their large-scale efforts involve tracking cancer patterns across entire populations to understand the genetic, environmental, racial/ethnic, socio-economic, and lifestyle factors related to why cancers occur. This work aids multiple levels of prevention efforts, and has even influenced public policies across the nation to protect people from cancers. CPIC Board Trustee Alan Polish, who has been personally affected by cancer, reflects, "If we only knew 20 years ago what CPIC has discovered about cancer prevention - such as what raises risk of melanoma, breast and lung cancers - there could have been a whole lot less suffering in this world.

Partner with us to prevent cancers for this generation and those to come

The Pipeline: Can Smartphones and Tablets Help us Better Understand Cancers?

The explosion of smartphone and tablet technology in our culture has created an unprecedented level of access to information and data, in real time. This may create particular efficiencies within research to better understand risk of disease, as currently, scientists in this field (epidemiologists) often have to rely upon study participants’ general recollection of vast amounts of past experiences. This results in data that are not as precise as they could be if collected in real time. CPIC Research Scientist Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D., and her team are collaborating on a new Stanford-funded pilot study that is exploring the potential of new technologies, such as smartphones and tablets, in capturing immediate answers to study-related questions. Dr. Gomez and her collaborators will test the feasibility and acceptability of using smartphones and tablets specifically for online collection of lifestyle and behavior data from study participants repeatedly and as close to real-time as is possible. This work has the potential to powerfully improve the quality and reliability of data collected for cancer prevention research.

Learn about our other recently funded projects

Thank You, Get In Front Performance 2013 Committee, Producers, Dancers and Attendees!

On November 12th at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 50 world-class dancers came together to perform and share their exquisite talents, all to benefit cancer prevention at CPIC. Dedicating the performance, in particular, to two friends of the Bay Area dance community who recently lost their battles with cancer, the dancers delighted the crowd in attendance with their artistry. "We believe that by supporting CPIC, we are promoting life: being well and staying well," stated event Co-Founders Garen Scribner, James Sofranko, and Margaret Karl, in the event's program. "To us, presenting world-class dance is the perfect physical representation of that ethos." CPIC CEO Sally Glaser, Ph.D., remarked, "I am in awe of the tremendous vision and energy Garen, James and Margaret have put into producing this evening. We are so grateful for their commitment to supporting CPIC in preventing cancer and reducing its burden by sharing their talents in such a meaningful way." Stay tuned for photos and more information about the success of the evening's events in next month's issue of In Front.

Missed the performance this year? You can still show your support of Get In Front with a gift to CPIC today.

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