The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART), established in 2000, is privileged to be the National Cancer Institute’s newly designated National Center for Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities. AANCART’s focus is on reducing the unique, unusual, and unnecessary cancer burden affecting Asian Americans.
Asian Americans are unique in being the only U.S. racial/ethnic population who experience cancer as the leading cause of death. Further, our health burden is unusual in that the cancers that disproportionately affect us are both attributable to infectious agents, such as viral-borne hepatitis which may lead to liver cancer, as well as increasing rates of cancers of chronic origin, such as breast cancer. At the same time, our cancer burden is to a certain extent, unnecessary, especially those related to tobacco use.
Our mission is to reduce cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training, and research by, for, and with Asian American community.
AANCART serves Asian Americans in the many different regions of the United States, with its National Headquarters housed within the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
. With our wide-reach and growing networks, we currently serve:
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Seattle, WA (ex-officio)
As such, we are able to reach approximately one-third of all Asian Americans. During the past ten years we have focused specifically on assessing and reducing cancer risks among Americans of Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Korean, and Vietnamese ancestry.