CPIC study finds toxic chemicals in public drinking water systems and levels in residents may be linked

August 2016

CPIC study finds presence of certain toxic chemicals in California public drinking water systems may be related to levels in residents

Researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) and the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control compared the detection of potentially toxic chemicals in a number of California public drinking water systems to those in the blood in a sample of 1,566 women residing throughout the state of California. 

CPIC researchers Susan Hurley, M.P.H., David Nelson Ph.D., Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D., M.P.H., and their collaborators found that those living in areas served by water systems with highly fluorinated chemicals called perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) had 30 to 40 percent higher levels of the chemicals in their blood than those living in areas served by water systems without reportable PFAAs. 

Laboratory studies suggest PFAAs may have adverse health effects on the liver, immune system and development.  

The CPIC-led study is one of four related studies looking at toxic chemicals in drinking water. Learn more about PFAAs and other highly fluorinated chemicals on the Green Science Policy Institute website.

DanceFAR tickets go on sale September 1

We are proud to announce the fifth annual DanceFAR (Dance For A Reason) performance and after-party to benefit CPIC on Tuesday, November 29th, 7:30 p.m. at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Tickets go on sale September 1st.

Named one of the top ten dance events of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle, DanceFAR is an event like none other, featuring performances from the Bay Area's most celebrated dance companies and international guest artists, followed by an unforgettable after-party with food and drink from some of the most coveted local restaurants and wineries.

This special, one-night-only performance sells out, so mark your calendars! San Francisco Magazine is the official media sponsor of DanceFAR.

Don’t miss the A’s game to honor breast cancer survivors on September 4

Through September 2nd, you can support breast cancer research and education while cheering on the A’s at all home games. Look for CPIC and American Cancer Society volunteers selling caps, pins, necklaces and raffle tickets – for a chance to win a quilt autographed by the entire A’s team – on the concourse behind section 120. On September 4th only, you can also purchase breast cancer awareness jerseys at Gate A during the special celebration of life and hope game dedicated to survivors. All proceeds benefit both CPIC and the American Cancer Society.

NEA collaborates with CPIC to advance the development of breath analysis technology

Nano Engineered Applications, Inc. (NEA) has begun a research collaboration with CPIC to identify specific cancer biomarkers in exhaled breath including, but not limited, to lung and breast cancer. The medical community has long known that early diagnosis of cancer results in improved survival compared to diagnosis at more advanced stages. However, early diagnosis using traditional invasive methods is expensive, has associated risks, and is often not suitable for screening mass populations. Read the press release for more details.

August is National Peach Month – drink to your health with this refreshing smoothie

The Peach Ginger Smoothie from Rebecca Katz’s cookbook The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery will not only keep you cool on a hot, summer day, but could also help you to get in front of cancer. A study conducted in 2010 showed the antioxidants in peaches may help to prevent and destroy breast cancer cells. If you have a sensitive mouth or throat issues, omit the ginger in this recipe to avoid irritation.

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