Researchers are conducting a study of CHamoru and Filipina breast cancer survivors, who are being asked to participate in a two-part focus group that starts Saturday.
University of Guam researchers will be conducting the focus group, whose answers will be used in a study with the University of Hawaii, according to a UOG press release.
Based on the information from the study, researchers hope to come up with strategies for a healthy lifestyle among CHamoru, Native Hawaiian, and Filipino women on Guam and Hawaii.
“Evidence suggests that lifestyle interventions that promote a healthy body weight can reduce breast cancer recurrence, and research shows that independent lifestyle factors that promote survival are physical activity and a diet high in fiber and lower in saturated fat. Yet these studies have taken place outside of Guam and Hawai’i and include few, if any, Asians and Pacific Islanders,” said Tanisha Aflague, an associate professor of nutrition at UOG and a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Aflague is the investigator for the Guam-based portion of the study, “Traditional and New Lifestyle Interventions for Breast Cancer Prevention.”
Survivors on Guam and Hawaii will be participating in the focus groups.
Eligible participants on Guam must be:
- CHamoru or Filipino
- A female breast cancer survivor
- 18 years of age or older
- A resident of Guam
Participants will complete a brief survey and take part in a 90- to 120-minute focus group/talk story session with seven to nine other women.
In exchange for their time, participants will receive a gift card.
Focus group sessions
The first session will take place in person 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. Food will be provided to participants.
The second session will be online or in person, determined by registration.
To sign up, eligible individuals should complete an online form at forms.office.com/r/RDwvJRQkJH.
For more information, contact the TANICA Guam project coordinator Kristi Hammond or project investigator Dr. Tanisha Aflague at 671-735-2020/2133 or TANICA@triton.uog.edu.