Hawaiian and Filipino breast cancer survivors sought for lifestyle research

Focus group held in Guam

Hawaiian and Filipino breast cancer survivors are wanted to share their strategies that promote a healthy lifestyle. The study, TANICA (Traditional and New Lifestyle Interventions for Breast Cancer Prevention), is conducted by the University of Hawaii at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources in Mānoa (CTAHR) and the University of Guam, as U54 Pacific Island Partnership for Cancer Health Equity (PITCH) pre-pilot project.

Directed by uh Mānoa Assistant Professor of Nutrition Monica Esquivelwho serves as an investigator for the Hawaiiof the study, focus groups will be held at CTAHR Urban Garden Center on Tuesday, June 21 (in person), from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, June 28 (online), from 8 a.m. to noon.

“We know that a healthy lifestyle, which includes sufficient physical activity throughout the day and a diet high in fiber and low in saturated fat, can reduce the recurrence of breast cancer. Yet research studies in this area have taken place outside of Guam and Hawaii and include few or no Asians and Pacific Islanders, so less is known about effective strategies to help our communities adhere to this healthy lifestyle,” said Esquivel, who is also a registered dietitian nutritionist.

The results of this study will help shed light on lifestyle factors that promote breast cancer survival based on current recommendations and the experiences of breast cancer survivors.

For more information about the study, email [email protected]

Eligibility criteria

The residents of Hawaii who are breast cancer survivors, at least 18 years of age and of Hawaiian or Filipino ancestry are eligible to participate in this study.

Two focus groups with four to nine women, lasting 60 to 90 minutes, will be organized. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Online pre-registration.

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