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American Samoa Community Cancer Network

Project Description

The American Samoa Community Cancer Network (ASCCN) aims to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in the U.S. Territory of American Samoa. The ASCCN will work toward this goal by: (1) promoting cancer awareness within American Samoan communities; and (2) initiating a cancer research and training program to develop indigenous Samoan researchers. ASCCN will provide support systems and expertise to increase the number of research grants addressing cancer in American Samoa and establish a culturally appropriate process to support scientifically rigorous research that is respectful of American Samoan cultural beliefs, practices, and customs. This collaboration among three agencies-the Lyndon Baines Johnson Tropical Medical Center1, American Samoa Community College, and American Samoa Department of Health-provides a forum to address the disproportionate cancer burden on American Samoans and their need for self-determination and control of their own health.

Footnotes
  1. The LBJ Tropical Medical Center is located in the village of Fagaalu on the main island of Tutuila, American Samoa. The only hospital on the island, it contains approximately 150 beds and serves a population of approximately 60,000 people. It offers both inpatient and outpatient clinical facilities and has a staff of 40 doctors.
Updated: 07/23/09