Breast cancer rates increasing among Asian Americans

April 2017

Breast cancer rates increasing among Asian Americans

In contrast to other US racial/ethnic groups, Asian Americans have experienced steadily increasing breast cancer rates over the past 15 years. To better understand potential contributors to this increase, researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) examined cancer incidence trends by age and stage among women from seven Asian American ethnic groups in California from 1988 through 2013. All Asian Americans groups, with the exception of Japanese, experienced an overall incidence increase. Read the press release.

Chemicals previously used in furniture detected in women’s bodies 10 years after ban

In a study led by Susan Hurley of CPIC and epublished in Environmental Science & Technology, researchers detected a modest increase in the levels of two flame retardant additives called Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in the blood of California women collected over a four-year period, beginning approximately five years after these compounds were banned in California in 2006. 

The chemicals were broadly used to treat polyurethane foam cushioning in furniture and carpet padding. It has been suggested that PBDEs may potentially cause cancer and other adverse health effects. Read the press release.

The influence of neighborhoods on breast cancer risk and survivorship

Neighborhood residential surroundings, specifically the social and man-made “built” environments, impact health outcomes by providing the local context for health behaviors and well-being. CPIC recently led three studies examining neighborhood environments in relation to breast cancer, the most common cancer among women. Read the press release.

Time is running out to reserve your spot at the 18th Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic to support CPIC breast cancer education

The 18th Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic to support breast cancer education at CPIC will take place on May 1 at Lake Merced Golf and Country Club. CPIC Board of Trustee Hilary Newsom Callan and her husband Geoff Callan host this annual event in honor of their mothers, Tessa Newsom, who succumbed to breast cancer in 2002, and Barbara Callan, a 29-year breast cancer survivor. 

Support the important work CPIC does by registering today for this year’s PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic!

A rare, behind-the-scenes look at a CPIC epidemiologist

This month we continue our behind-the-scenes look into the world of a CPIC epidemiologist. What do they do? How are they helping to get in front of cancer? Along with surprising facts about them. Get to know Research Associate Susan Hurley.

We’re hiring!

Are you passionate about our mission to prevent cancer and support cancer survivors? If so, CPIC may be the place for you! Our offices are conveniently accessible by BART. Visit our careers page to learn about current openings.

  CPIC helps local company to Get in Front of cancer during health and wellness fair

To help employees of Fremont-based dB Control to Get in Front of Cancer, CPIC gave away free sunscreen, compliments of Badger Balm, and community education publications during their 2017 Health and Wellness Fair earlier this month.

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