A New Nursing Leader Style Factor Rutgers Cancer In- Can use of hair products Jersey counties through 2014 and were participants in the Women’s Circle of Health Study. The New Jersey State Cancer Registry was involved in identification of breast cancer cases in New Jersey. Sociodemographics were collected and probable breast cancer risk factors, including family history and lifestyle exposures were established. Breast tumor characteristics from breast cancer patients in the study also were examined. Investigators found use of dark brown or black hair dyes was associated with a 51 percent increased overall risk of developing breast cancer among African-American women and a 72 percent increased risk of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer among African Americans. They also found use of chemical relaxers or straighteners was associated with a 74 percent increased risk among Caucasians. “These findings provide support of a relationship between the use of some hair products and breast cancer risk,” adds Llanos, but she cautions that there is a need for further examination. I This work was supported in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health (P01 CA151135, R01 CA100598, R01 CA185623, P30 CA072720 and K01 CA193527), U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (DAMD-1701-1-0334), the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and a gift from the Philip L. Hubbell family. Summer 2017 I stitute of New Jersey has named Janet Gordils-Perez, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNP (below) as its new Chief Nursing Officer. Dr. Gordils-Perez previously served as Director of Oncology Nursing and came to Rutgers Cancer Institute in 2004 from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she was an adult nurse practitioner and a clinical research nurse. have an impact on breast cancer risk for women? That is a question explored by Rutgers University investigators and colleagues from Roswell Park Cancer Institute. “evidence from previous studies, including some in animal models and some epidemiologic studies, suggest that exposure to some compounds found in hair products may be a risk factor for developing cancer. But studies done to date have been in limited populations, have focused mostly on hair dyes, and have yielded mixed findings,” notes the study’s lead author Adana A.M. Llanos, PhD, MPH of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Public Health. With that, Dr. Llanos and colleagues examined use of hair dyes, hair relaxers and cholesterol-based hair products in African-American and Caucasian women. The work appears in the June 2017 online issue of Carcinogenesis (https://doi. org/ 10.1093/carcin/ bgx060). DeB B I e VOGeL The study examined 4,285 African-American and Caucasian women with and without breast cancer aged 20 to 75. They were recruited from New york City and ten New “Over the past 13 years, Dr. GordilsPerez has had a tremendous impact on our clinical operations. She works tirelessly to assure that the nursing program at Rutgers Cancer Institute is exemplary and supports an efficient practice,” notes Rutgers Cancer Institute Chief Medical Officer Deborah Toppmeyer, MD, who is also a professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In her new role, Gordils-Perez is responsible for treatment nursing, advanced practice nursing, pediatric nursing, social work, medical health technician support, and nursing/patient education. She oversees 150 clinical and administrative staff. I Cancer Connection I 7