May is Cancer Research Month

May 2017

Regular use of aspirin can lower breast cancer 

In a study led by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), researchers found the use of baby aspirin at least three times a week reduced the risk of breast cancers by 16 percent. Risk was reduced by 20 percent for hormone-receptor positive, HER2 negative cancers -- the most common breast cancer subtype. Get the details.

CPIC invited editorial on new study linking cancer to the environment 

For this months issue of Cancer, researchers at CPIC provided commentary in response to a new study using Environmental Protection Agency and National Cancer Institute cancer registry data to examine cancer risk to cumulative environmental exposures.

These exposures include air, water, land quality plus sociodemographic composition and the built environment.

In their commentary, CPIC researchers noted the importance of this cumulative analysis and these types of environmental data to document which communities are vulnerable to high cancer rates. Read more about the study and the commentary.

Most mobile health apps for cancer survivors come up short

CPIC researchers recently conducted a review of studies evaluating mobile applications for cancer survivors.

In their analysis, they found basic developmental and incremental testing steps, including involving cancer survivors and health practitioners in the development process, may be skipped in the interest of getting the app to market quickly.

As a result, apps may not be tailored for survivors’ treatment history, stage of readiness to change, exercise ability, age, cognitive abilities, and individual health goals. Read the press release.

Birth defects and cancers during adolescence and young adulthood

The overall number of cancer cases in adolescence and young adults was elevated among those born with chromosomal anomalies, but not in those with nonchromosomal birth defects, according to a recent CPIC-led study.

Of the 62,023 birth defect cases identified through the California Cancer Registry, 2,041 cancers were diagnosed in those between the ages of 15 – 25 years of age.

Among those with chromosomal birth defects, there was a four-fold increase in overall cancer incidence. The risk for leukemia was highly elevated among children with chromosomal anomalies, indicating that this known risk factor may persist as these children age into adolescent and early adult years.

PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic raises $250K for cancer prevention

On May 1, 140 golfers and more than 260 dinner guests turned out for the 18th Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic.

Each year PlumpJack President and CPIC Board Member Hilary Newsom hosts the benefit she founded with her husband, Geoff Callan, to honor her late mother Tessa Newsom who lost her battle with breast cancer 14 years ago. 

The event also honors her mother-in-law, Barbara Callan, a 28-year breast cancer survivor. This year’s sold-out event raised $250,000 for the community education programs of CPIC. Since its inception, this event has raised over $4 million for CPIC.

May is Cancer Research Month

CPIC honors those who work tirelessly to Get in Front of cancer during Cancer Research Month.

View our infographic to see a few highlights of what CPIC researchers have accomplished over our 43-year history. You can find more highlights here.

  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 by introducing you to Staff Scientist Shannon Conroy.

What does she do? How does her research help CPIC to Get in Front of cancer? You'll also learn a surprising fact about her. Here's a hint: IRONMAN triathlon. 

  Get in Front of cancer this summer

May is also Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Check out our infographic for tips to reduce your risk all summer long.

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