BETHESDA, MarylandThe National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched a
5-year, $7.6 million project at seven leading cancer centers to address the
disease among Asian Americans. Although Asian Americans have a relatively low
overall risk, their cancer incidence is rising faster than that of any other
racial or ethnic group in the United States.
Asian Americans also suffer disproportionately from several forms of the
disease, including liver, stomach, and cervical cancer.
The Asian-American community consists of more than 30 distinct ethnic
groups and includes about 800 languages and dialects. The Asian-American
Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Treatment (AANCART) will develop
cancer awareness and prevention programs for specific subpopulations. It also
aims to increase the number of Asian Americans participating in cancer
clinical trials, train more Asian-American health care workers in community
cancer prevention, and do research to reduce the cancer burden of this
segment of the US population.
The University of California, Davis, Cancer Center will serve as
headquarters for the project. Moon S. Chen, Jr., PhD, of UC-Davis, will be
the principal investigator.
Other centers participating in the program are the Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute, Boston; Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia
University, New York; Solove Cancer Research Center, Ohio State University,
Columbus; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle; University of
California, San Francisco, Comprehensive Cancer Center; and the UCLA Jonsson
Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles.