Why are cancer rates are so high in poor communities?

July 2016

Cancer survivor and CPIC SAB member profiled by PBS: Why are cancer rates are so high in poor communities?

Cancer epidemiologist and cancer survivor Electra Paskett was profiled by PBS last month for her work to find out why cancer rates are so high in a poor Appalachian town. Paskett, who had experienced poverty as a child, is a member of the recently formed Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) and also serves as a member of the External Scientific Advisory Board at the Stanford Cancer Institute, a CPIC partner. Read her inspiring story.

Congratulations! CPIC partner Stanford Cancer Institute earns highest cancer center designation

The Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI), an affiliate of CPIC, has received the prestigious designation of  Comprehensive Cancer Center from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers are recognized for their scientific leadership, resources, and the depth and breadth of their research in basic, clinical, and/or population sciences. CPIC has partnered with SCI since 2004. Nine CPIC researchers are full members of the SCI Population Sciences Program. Sixteen epidemiologic cancer studies and over half of the population science publications between 2009-2014 were in collaboration with CPIC researchers. Get the details in the press release

Working with Cancer – new edition now available. Get the free PDF

The new edition of Working with Cancer: Workplace Guidelines and Solutions for Employers and Employees is now available. The book offers an updated synopsis of relevant labor laws and insurance issues. Throughout the book you will find numerous case studies illustrating how employers have been able to maintain a productive work environment while supporting employees with cancer. A free download is available from the education page of the CPIC website. Contact the education department to request a printed copy for $3.

Link between physical activity and the risk of triple negative breast cancer 

CPIC researcher Tina Clarke, Ph.D., M.P.H, collaborated on a large study of physical activity and the risk of breast cancers, including the most difficult-to-treat form of breast cancer, the triple negative type. Evidence has shown that recreational physical activity reduces overall breast cancer risk. However, it was unclear whether risk reduction pertains to specific molecular subtypes, which are defined as expressing certain molecular markers.

Moreover, few studies have examined whether changes in the amount of physical activity during adulthood influences these risks. Dr. Clarke and her team found physical activity reduced the risks of triple negative breast cancer, as well as luminal A-like estrogen receptor (ER) positive, progesterone receptor (PR) positive, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) negative cancers. The study participants were former users of menopausal hormone therapy. This research included 54,686 women who participate in the long-term California Teachers Study. Find out more about this study.

Let’s get ready to play ball and raise funds for cancer prevention

CPIC volunteers will be busy all summer long selling caps, pins, necklaces and raffle tickets at all Oakland A’s home games. Look for us on the concourse behind section 120. You can also purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a custom quilt autographed by the entire A’s team. Proceeds from all sales benefit both CPIC and the American Cancer Society. The A's will honor breast cancer survivors with a special celebration of life and hope on September 4th.

  CPIC’s Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry receives gold certification

CPIC’s Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, which gathers information on all cancers newly diagnosed or treated in the nine-county region, recently received gold certification from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). The designation was given for quality, completeness, and timeliness for data submitted in 2013, the latest evaluation period. CPIC has consistently received the gold certification. 

   A day in the life of cancer prevention

You understand the importance of practicing daily healthy lifestyle habits to reduce your risk of cancer. Take a look at our day in the life of cancer prevention infographic for some easy tips.

   Support cancer prevention when you shop at Whole Foods Market in Fremont

Now through September 25, you can support cancer prevention when you shop at the Whole Foods Market in Fremont by choosing to donate the 5¢ per bag credit to CPIC. Every quarter Whole Foods Market selects a nonprofit organization in the region to support as part of its Nickels for Non Profits donation program. 

   Tuscan Beans and Greens recipe

Even if travel to Tuscany is not in your summer vacation plans, you can still savor the flavors with this tasty Tuscan Beans and Greens recipe from Rebecca Katz’s cookbook The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods. One of the longevity players here is kombu, a sea vegetable that has tremendous amounts of iodine, along with phenomenal anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant characteristics.

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