Scarlett Lin Gomez, PhD, at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California; Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum; Asian Health Services; and Asian Americans for Community Involvement
This study, a collaboration by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Asian Health Services, and Asian Americans for Community Involvement, is gathering information that may help researchers understand why breast cancer rates are increasing among some Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women in the San Francisco Bay Area. The researchers had already completed enrollment of women with breast cancer when they contacted the Army of Women (AOW) and were ready to recruit women who had never had breast cancer. They wanted to enroll up to 300 volunteers from the following San Francisco Bay Area counties: San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on April 24, 2013, and the researchers closed enrollment on April 30, 2015. As one of their recruitment sources, the AOW provided them with 139 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.