Reaching low-income women at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

September 2016

Reaching low-income women at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

Women with a BRCA 1 or 2 gene mutation have a significantly increased lifetime risk of breast and ovarian cancer in comparison to women who do not carry the mutation. In a study recently e-published in the American Journal of Public Health, low-income women were screened to identify those at high risk through the California Department of Health Services Every Woman Counts hotline.

These women were referred to the UCSF Cancer Risk Program for genetic counseling. In all, 58 percent of the participants accepted the offer for genetic counseling. The findings demonstrated that, when a diverse, low-income population of women call a trusted information and referral source, it is possible to recruit them for research participation. Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) researcher Sharon Davis and CPIC Board of Trustee member Judy Luce collaborated on this study.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Greater Bay Area males between 1988 and 2013, the most current data reporting period. View our infographic to get the facts on prostate cancer.

DanceFAR tickets are selling fast – Reserve your tickets today for best seat selection

DanceFAR and CPIC proudly present the 5th annual performance of DanceFAR (Dance for a Reason), a spectacular evening of world-class dance for the benefit of cancer prevention research and education.Tickets are available now on theDanceFAR website for the performance and after-party to be held Tuesday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 

Dance companies already confirmed for this year’s performance includedawsondancesf, Flying Under the Radar, Garrett + Moulton Productions, Julia Adam Dance, ODC/Dance, Robert Moses KIN, and Smuin Ballet. A complete roster of artists will be announced in mid-October.

San Francisco Magazine is the official media sponsor of DanceFAR. The Woodbury Foundation is a Get in Front sponsor of DanceFAR. Interested in supporting a great cause and getting access to the best seats in the house and other exclusive sponsor benefits? Get the details on becoming a DanceFAR sponsor.

Oakland A’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day raises over $112,000 for breast cancer research and education

On September 4, breast cancer survivors and supporters turned out for the 18th annual A’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Throughout the summer, volunteers from CPIC and the American Cancer Society sold Strike Out Breast Cancer caps, pins, necklaces, along with raffle tickets for the player-autographed A’s quilt. The funds support the breast cancer research and education programs of CPIC and the American Cancer Society. Hundreds of survivors also participated in the on-field celebration of life and hope ceremony. CPIC is grateful for the on-going support of the Oakland A’s Community Fund. Watch an interview with A’s President Michael Crowley discussing why the team has supported breast cancer research and education for 18 years.

CPIC names new interim director of community education

CPIC named Daisy Lubag as interim director of community education following the retirement of Pam Priest Naeve earlier this summer. Lubag, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, first joined CPIC in 1997 on a project basis. She left the organization in 2001 upon completion of the project and rejoined the organization in 2005. Over the years, Lubag has coordinated multiple research projects for various CPIC investigators and currently leads the regulatory office and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) operations on a part-time basis.

In her new role, Lubag looks forward to developing programs to bring CPIC’s research finding to diverse communities while continuing to serve as the IRB administrator. In the short term, she will plan workplace cancer prevention education seminars and develop the program for the 16th annual breast cancer conference taking place in March 2017.

   CPIC donates school supplies to the Compassion Network

In August, CPIC collected school supplies for the Compassion Network, a Fremont-based nonprofit organization serving cancer survivors and other people in need in Fremont, Union City and Newark. These school supplies were distributed to local students in need earlier this month.

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