Cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian Americans. Vietnamese and Koreans have the highest and second highest rates of cervical cancer in the U.S., respectively. The incidence of liver cancer is 1.7-11.3 times higher than in the population at large. Korean men have the highest incidence of stomach cancer among racial groups, while lung cancer is 18% higher among Vietnamese than White Americans. Studies have shown that native-born Asian American women have greater proportion of tumors larger than 1 cm at diagnosis than other racial groups. Because a number of these cancers may be attributed to lifestyle and tolerated behaviors, culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate educational programs targeting individual Asian ethnic groups can effect a significant reduction in the incidence and prevalence of these cancers.
Center for Asian Health cancer research effort focuses on preventable cancers as well as on improving the lives of those affected by the disease through enhanced knowledge and awareness of the disease, and the importance of early detection, diagnosis, timely treatment and management, and cancer survivorship. The Center's research core has included cervical and breast cancer, prostate and stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, and hepatitis B/liver cancer.