Asian American Cancer Health Disparities

What is Unnecessary and Unusual about Asian American Health Disparities?

First, the cancer burden for Asian Americans is unique because we were the first U.S. racial/ethnic group to experience cancer as the leading cause of death.  In many other racial groups, heart disease is the leading cause of death.

Second, the cancer burden is unusual because, more than any other racial/ethnic group, Asian Americans experience proportionally higher rates of cancers from infectious origin, such as liver cancer, cervical cancer, and stomach cancer. Liver cancer may be caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV); cervical cancer may becaused by humanpapilloma virus (HPV); and stomach cancer may caused by H. pylori.

In addition, Asian Americans increasingly are acquiring cancers associated with migration to the United States and “Westernization” such as those attributed to diet and sedentary living.

Last, the cancer burden is unnecessary.


Who are Asian Americans?

According to the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) "Asians” refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

What are the 10 leading Causes of Death?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 10 leading causes of death for Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders in 2010 are:

  1. Cancer
  2. Heart Disease
  3. Stroke
  4. Unintentional injuries
  5. Diabetes
  6. Influenza and Pneumonia
  7. Chornic Lower Respiratory Diseases
  8. Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, & Nephrosis (Kidney Disease)
  9. Alzheimer's Disease
  10. Suicide

What are some tools that I can utilize to reduce Asian American Health Disparities?

AANCART Provides invaluable culturally sensitive educational materials, such as:

  1. The Asian Pacific Islander Cancer Education Materials (APICEM) tool
  2. Educational Videos (e.g. Clinical Trials, Biospecimen Donation, Guiac Tests, etc.)
  3. Brochures and other Educational Materials


Feel free to utilize the Asian Pacific Islander Cancer Education Materials (APICEM) tool. This is a tool developed in collaboration between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Asian American Network for Cancer Awarness, Research and Training (AANCART). The goal is to provide an aggregate culturally sensitive cancer educational materials in various diffferent Asian languages.

2. Educational Videos

To address clinical trials participation and biospecimen donation, AANCART has developed culturally-sensitive videos, available at our Youtube Channel. Please visit here!

3. Brochures and other Educational Materials

Brochures for biospecimen donations, clinical trials participation, and other resources provided by other wonderful organizations can found here!