Helen K. Chew, director of the Clinical Breast Cancer Program at UC Davis Cancer Center, is the 2006 recipient of the Joyce Raley Teel Award for outstanding dedication to the cause of breast cancer. The award was presented at Sacramento's 10th annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure at Cal Expo in May.
Chew, an assistant professor of hematology and oncology, has treated hundreds of women with breast cancer from throughout Northern California and the Central Valley. She speaks frequently about breast cancer screening, early detection and treatment to community groups throughout the region, with a particular focus on raising awareness among medically underserved women.
Among her many outreach activities, Chew is medical director of Sacramento AANCART, a National Cancer Institute-funded project headquartered at UC Davis that seeks to reduce cancer incidence and mortality among Asian Americans. In addition, Chew is an active research scientist with funding through the National Cancer Institute and the national Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.