Health Insurance Type at Diagnosis Impacts Disparities in Cancer Survival Among AYAs

July 2017

Health insurance type at diagnosis impacts disparities in cancer survival among AYAs 

Cancer is the most frequent cause of disease-related death among adolescents and young adults (AYAs) between 15–39 years of age. In this new study led by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), researchers examined joint associations between sociodemographic factors — race/ethnicity, neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES), and health insurance — and cancer survival for the most frequent cancers among AYAs. Researchers found that disparities by race/ethnicity and neighborhood SES were more pronounced among AYAs with private/military insurance compared to no or public insurance. Read the press release.

CPIC appoints a new interim CEO 

Matt O’Grady was appointed the new interim CEO of CPIC earlier this month. He succeeds Donna Randall who relocated to Portland, Oregon after leading CPIC for the past three years. Matt brings with him over 30 years of nonprofit experience.   

In his independent consulting practice, his clients included BoardSource, KQED, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and many others. He has served on numerous boards of trustees, and chaired Shanti Project’s board for two years.

Study of young girls looks to identify the causes of breast cancer later in life  

Since 2011, the LEGACY (Lessons in Epidemiology and Genetics of Adult Cancer from Youth) Girls Study has followed young girls, half of whom are at increased breast cancer risk due to their family history. A total of 1,040 girls aged 6-13 years have been recruited from five centers in the US and Canada, including 362 girls from the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Earlier this year, CPIC began a new phase of this ongoing study in California to examine whether there is a link between pubertal development and exposure to environmental chemicals using blood and urine samples.

Help raise funds for cancer prevention while enjoying an A’s game this summer

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 during the 19th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day on September 10th. On this day, 10,000 fans will receive pink ribbon socks. 

Take a look at our new web pages featuring tips to get in front of cancer  

To help you to Get in Front of cancer, be sure to visit the new web pages in the education section of the CPIC website. You’ll find a Reduce Your Risk page, a Cancer Patients and Survivors page, and an Infographics page where you’ll find tips to reduce your overall risk, plus highlights by cancer site, gender, race/ethnicity, and more.

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