Filipinas are asked to join breast cancer study

Breast cancer rates are on the rise among Filipina women, as much as 6.5 percent over a five-year period.

Researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), located in Fremont, and collaborators at the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, are reaching out to the community for help in identifying possible causes for this upward trend.

“We are actively recruiting women of Filipina descent to participate in a research study about how lifestyle, occupation, diet, exercise and family life may influence the risk of breast cancer,” said Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D., who is leading the study at CPIC.

Participants must be between the ages of 50 and 69, and must never have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The study involves a telephone survey, which takes about an hour, and completion of a mailed questionnaire, which takes about 30 minutes.

All information provided by participants will be kept confidential. Study participants will receive a check for $45 upon completion of both questionnaires.

“By joining in the study, Filipina women can help us understand what’s causing this disturbing increase in breast cancer in their community,” Gomez said. She encouraged those who meet the study criteria to get in touch.

For more information and to inquire about participating, please visit the study website at, email, or call Kristine Winters (510) 608-5047 or (866) 266-1082 (toll free). Interested individuals can also sign up online at: The Asian Community Health Initiative — also known as the Asian CHI Study– is funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program

The Cancer Prevention Institute of California is an organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. CPIC tracks patterns of cancer throughout the entire population and identifies those at risk for developing cancer. Its research scientists are leaders in investigating the causes of cancer in large populations to advance the development of prevention-focused interventions.

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