February is National Cancer Prevention Month‏

FEBRUARY 2016


  February is National Cancer Prevention Month 

Download the infographic of our top five tips you should follow to help prevent cancer.

During this month, we’re also reminded of those loved ones who are enduring the burden of cancer or have lost their battle with cancer. A gift made in memory or honor of a loved one to fund cancer prevention research and programs is a meaningful way to pay tribute this month.

  UCSF breast cancer surgeon Dr. Laura Esserman to present at March 19 breast cancer conference 

Dr. Laura Esserman will speak on “Prevention: A Look at Where We Are Now” at the 15th Annual Allison Taylor Holbrooks/Barbara Jo Johnson Breast Cancer Conference on March 19.

Esserman is a breast surgeon and director of the University of California, San Francisco Carol Franc Buck Breast Cancer Society where she co-leads the Breast Oncology Program. Her research is focused on giving patients better access to accurate information so that they can become partners in their health care.

Registration for the conference is only $20. Visit the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) website for more information on the conference.

  Free download of Living with Cancer book

Living with Cancer is a collection of brief observations and suggestions from people who have been affected by cancer — patients, family members, friends and caregivers.

The popular, pocket-sized book, available in English and Spanish, touches upon a variety of topics including decision-making, fear, hope, humor, children, finances and more. 

Visit the CPIC website to download your copy.

Community support and medical centers can contact the community education department to request printed copies of the book.

   CPIC researchers collaborate on two studies recognized in NCI’s Research Highlights for 2015

Each year, the National Cancer Institute’s Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) recognizes a small number of publications deemed to have the greatest potential scientific or public health impact for the EGRP Research Highlights. For 2015, two studies co-authored by CPIC researchers have been selected.

In the study co-authored by Esther John, data from the Breast Cancer Family Registry and many other international studies were used to evaluate the risk of breast and ovarian cancer according to the type and location of mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Iona Cheng collaborated on a study showing that genetics make it more difficult for some people to quit smoking, putting them as greater risk for lung cancer.

Both studies are highlighted on the National Cancer Institute’s EGRP website and in their January newsletter.

  CPIC Senior Research Scientist Peggy Reynolds reappointed to the governor’s carcinogen committee

The Carcinogen Identification Committee is a group of scientists appointed by Governor Brown to identify chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer in the state of California as required under Proposition 65.

CPIC Senior Research Scientist Peggy Reynolds, who has served since 2012, was reappointed to the committee earlier this month.

 Now in effect - rules for tax-free IRA transfers for charitable purposes

Effective with the 2015 tax year, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 allows an individual who has reached age 70 ½ to transfer up to $100,000 from a tax-deferred IRA directly to a qualifying 501(c)(3) charity, such as CPIC, tax-free. Consult your tax attorney for details. You can also learn about other ways to give on the CPIC website.

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