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San Francisco Bay Area Women Who Have Not Had Cancer

We need Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women age 20 and older who live in San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, or Santa Clara counties and have never had any type of cancer to complete a mailed survey and phone interview developed to identify breast cancer risk factors. The survey and interview can be conducted in English, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), or Tagalog.

A research team at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, in Fremont, wants to understand why breast cancer rates are high and increasing in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. They have developed a survey and phone interview that collects information about lifestyle—including jobs, diet, exercise, and family life—that may help to identify breast cancer risk factors. All of the information they collect is confidential, and your name will not be associated with your responses.

Please read on to learn more about what is involved and who can participate. And please don’t forget to tell any of your Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander family members or friends in the San Francisco Bay Area about this study!

What’s the study about?

The overall goal of this study is to gather information that can help us understand why breast cancer rates are high and increasing among some Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women in the San Francisco Bay Area. To do this the research team needs to gather information from both women with and without breast cancer. The research team has already enrolled women with breast cancer; therefore the Army of Women is only recruiting women who have never had breast cancer.

What’s involved?

If you sign up for the Asian American Community Health Initiative, the research team will contact you to confirm that you are eligible. If you choose to participate in the study, you will be asked to:

• Complete a mailed survey. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will include questions about your life and lifestyle, including physical activity, stress, smoking, alcohol, body measurement, etc.

• Participate in a one-hour phone interview. During the interview, you will be asked about topics such as your diet and exercise habits, health history, social networks (friends and family), and job history.

Participants will receive a check after completing each survey.

Surveys and interviews can be completed in English, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), or Tagalog. All information collected is confidential and study participants’ names will not be associated with their responses.

Who is conducting the study?

Scarlett Lin Gomez, PhD, at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Asian Health Services
Asian Americans for Community Involvement

Where?

The following San Francisco, California, Bay Area counties: San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara

Who can participate?

You can sign up for the Asian American Community Health Initiative if you meet ALL of these MAIN criteria:

• You are a woman age 20 or older.
• You identify as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Mixed race is OK as long as it includes one of these.
• You have never been diagnosed with any cancer (basal and squamous cell skin cancers are OK).
• You are able to read, write, and speak in English, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), or Tagalog.
• You currently live in one of the following San Francisco, California, Bay Area counties: San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

After you RSVP, the research team will contact you to ask additional questions to be sure that the study is a good fit for you.

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