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Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training

Project Description

The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART) at the University of California Davis Cancer Center1 aims to reduce cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training, and research by, for, and with Asian Americans in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, California; Seattle, Washington; and Honolulu, Hawaii. Cumulatively, this Network serves approximately one-third of all Asian Americans residing in the U.S.

Project objectives include: (1) sustaining a highly interactive network among AANCART regions to catalyze cancer education for Asian Americans; (2) establishing research training programs that address Asian-American cancer health disparities; and (3) generating and analyzing process and impact data to document the extent to which specific cancer health disparities are reduced among Cambodians, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Korean, and Vietnamese Americans. Issues to be addressed include disparities associated with hepatitis B-induced liver cancers and low breast and cervical cancer screening rates, as well as emerging cancer risks associated with acculturation.

  1. The NCI-designated University of California - Davis Cancer Center provides multidisciplinary cancer diagnosis and care for Northern California cancer patients from all socioeconomic groups, ethnic origins, and urban, suburban, and rural populations. The Center fosters cancer research in the areas of cancer biology, animal models, therapeutics, cancer etiology, prevention and control, and biomedical technology through multidisciplinary, collaborative investigation in basic science, translational research, clinical research, and population sciences. The Center actively explores, develops, and facilitates the translation of research into new detection, treatment, and prevention strategies.
Updated: 07/23/09