New CPIC Thyroid Cancer Findings on the Radio

May 2014 

Dear Get in Front Supporter

If you were unable to attend the Get In Front Mother's Day Garden Brunch earlier this month, consider joining us in celebrating mothers, Cancer Research Month, and Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by making a gift this May to support CPIC's mission. In addition to others recognized below, we extend our thanks to Pete Sittnick, EPIC Roasthouse, Joy Boatwright, Hilary Newsom, PlumpJack Group, and Geoff Callan for their generosity in making possible recent events to benefit CPIC.

CPIC Study Results Showing Sharp Rise in Thyroid Cancer Featured on Radio

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CPIC study results on thyroid cancer were just published in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention and featured on Capitol Public Radio. "Thyroid cancer is increasing at an alarming rate in the population as a whole," said lead author and CPIC Senior Research Scientist Pamela Horn-Ross, Ph.D. According to the investigators, the increase likely relates to modifiable behavioral or environmental factors, as opposed to improved diagnostic capability. Co-author Christina A. Clarke, Ph.D., said, "Armed with a better understanding of how rapidly changing environment or behavior impacts the development of thyroid cancer, appropriate changes could be made to mitigate that risk."

Listen to Dr. Clarke speak about the findings on the radio

Breast Cancer Pioneer Dr. Susan Love to Keynote CPIC's 40th Anniversary Celebration

Susan Love, M.D.
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Research Foundation
CPIC is delighted to announce that Susan Love, M.D., a "founding mother" of the breast cancer advocacy movement, will be the keynote speaker at our 40th anniversary celebration on June 26th at Gap Inc. Headquarters in San Francisco. Dr. Love is the author of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book, termed "the bible for women with breast cancer," and chief visionary officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. "I am so impressed by the long-standing commitment and years of dedication among the scientists and staff at CPIC," said Dr. Love. "They truly are prevention pioneers."

Get tickets to see Dr. Love at our 40th anniversary event supporting cancer prevention

The Pipeline: Do Genes Related to a Woman's Internal Body Clock Affect Her Breast Cancer Risk?

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Several CPIC projects received funding in the past month. Among these is a new study, led by CPIC Chief Scientific Officer Ann Hsing, Ph.D., to better understand breast cancer risk. Variations in genes that regulate the human body's circadian rhythm - the "internal body clock" - may contribute to breast cancer development. Dr. Hsing and her team are investigating this among Caucasian women, who have higher rates of breast cancer than other groups, and African American women, who tend to have higher rates of aggressive breast cancer subtypes. To better understand factors related to these higher rates, the researchers are examining whether circadian genetic variations contribute differently to breast cancer based on race.

Learn more about this study and our other recently funded work

First-time-ever Get In Front Mother's Day Garden Brunch Raises Nearly $20,000

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On Sunday, May 4th, individuals and families came together at the Get In Front Mother's Day Garden Brunch to both celebrate mothers and support CPIC's mission to prevent cancer and reduce its burden. A first-time-ever event, the garden brunch raised nearly $20,000. "CPIC extends our deep gratitude to Andrea and Geoff Ralston for generously hosting the brunch at their home and for their dedication in making this event possible," said Dori Ives, CPIC Director of Development and Communications. "We also thank Paula Bennett of The Scout Guide for her extraordinary help in securing silent auction items for both this event and CPIC's upcoming 40th Anniversary celebration.

Click here to view photos from the Get In Front Mother's Day Garden Brunch

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

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Skin cancers are the most common forms of cancer among men and women, and of those, melanomas are the deadliest. CPIC Research Scientist Christina A. Clarke, Ph.D., whose research influenced landmark tanning bed legislation in California, with other states following suit, says, "Melanomas can go from being small and easy to treat to spreading and becoming deadly in as little as six months," so prevention and screening are very important. Anyone can get skin cancer -- to reduce your risk, remember to SLIP on a shirt, SLOP on sunscreen, SLAP on a hat, WRAP on sunglasses, and seek shade between 10 and 4.

Find a free skin cancer screening in your area

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