What’s a cancer cluster?

November 2017

Researchers identify major factors that impact racial/ethnic disparities in cancer survival

Racial/ethnic disparities in cancer survival in the U.S. are well documented, but the underlying causes are not well understood. To better explain disparities, researchers examined cancer survival by racial/ethnic group for 877,662 patients diagnosed with breast, prostate, colorectal or lung cancer between 2000–2013 using California Cancer Registry data in this study led by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC).

Researchers found stage at diagnosis, neighborhood socioeconomic status, and marital status to have the biggest impact on racial/ethnic cancer survival disparities. Read the press release.

What’s a cancer cluster? 

This month we continue our behind-the-scenes look into the world of a CPIC epidemiologist by introducing you to Meg McKinley.

You’ll learn what defines a cancer cluster and what steps are taken to investigate such suspicions. You’ll also learn a surprising fact about her. 

Meet Meg.

Melanoma incidence increased across all populations regardless of socioeconomic status

In a study led by CPIC, researchers found melanoma incidence increased across all light-skinned populations, irrespective of socioeconomic status, from 1998-2002 to 2008-2012. 

In addition, incidence rates increased for higher stage and greater tumor thickness in most socioeconomic groups as well, with the largest increases seen among males living in the lowest socioeconomic neighborhoods. Researchers interpret this pattern to indicate a true increase in melanoma occurrence as opposed to the result of improved access to care.

These results update a previous study led by CPIC researchers that showed consistent results between 1988-1992 and 1998-2002.

Tips to reduce lung cancer risk 

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. While the rate continues to decline, lung cancer is still the second most common cancer in the Greater Bay Area and the cause of one in four cancer deaths.

Take a look at our infographic to get the facts on the dangers of tobacco, e-cigarettes, and secondhand smoke.


Healthy recipes for your Thanksgiving feast

We’re delighted to share with you three, short cooking videos to help you to Get in Front of cancer. 

Oncology dietitian Bernadette Festa shows you how to prepare these easy, nutritious and delicious plant-based recipes: Warm Kale Salad, Cauliflower Steaks and Brussel Sprouts Salad.

She also describes how these recipes can help you to reduce your cancer risk and support cancer patients in their recovery.

These videos were supported by a grant from Whole Foods Market through their Nickels for Nonprofits program. Find the videos and recipes on our education page.

CPIC gives away free community education publications during recent events

To support cancer patients CPIC gave away free community education publications during the Think Pink event at Fremont’s Washington Hospital last month and the 14th Annual Bay Area Cancer Connections conference in Santa Clara last week.

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