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Monica Esquivel

Native Hawaiian and Filipino breast cancer survivors are being sought to share their strategies that support a healthy lifestyle. The study, TANICA (Traditional and New Lifestyle Interventions for Breast Cancer Prevention), is being conducted through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and University of Guam, as a U54 Pacific Island Partnership for Cancer Health Equity (PIPCHE) pre-pilot project.

Led by UH Mānoa Assistant Professor of Nutrition Monica Esquivel, who is serving as investigator for the Hawaiʻi-based portion of the study, the focus groups will be held at the CTAHR Urban Garden Center on Tuesday, June 21 (in-person), 12–4 p.m. and Tuesday, June 28 (online), 8 a.m.–noon.

“We know that a healthy lifestyle, which includes getting enough movement throughout the day and eating a diet rich in fiber and low in saturated fat, can reduce breast cancer recurrence. Yet research studies in this area have taken place outside of Guam and Hawaiʻi and include few, if any, Asians and Pacific Islanders, so less is known on the effective strategies to help our communities to adhere to this healthy lifestyle,” said Esquivel, who is also a registered dietitian nutritionist.

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

For more information about the study, email

Eligibility requirements

Female residents of Hawaiʻi who are breast cancer survivors, at least 18 years old, and are of Native Hawaiian or Filipino ancestry are eligible to participate in this study.

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

Pre-register online.

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