"I am pleased to announce that Sacramento and UC Davis Cancer Center, with funding from the National Cancer Institute, will lead the way in reducing the toll of this disease among all Asian Americans -- from the newest Hmong immigrants, who are at high risk of cancers caused by chronic infections, to fifth- and sixth-generation Chinese and Japanese Americans, who face rapidly increasing rates of such cancers as breast and colon cancer," Matsui said.
"This grant will help make great strides in using what we have learned as to the causes behind the fast-rising numbers and work with the community to make progress against this disease and save lives."
The new grant builds on a previous NCI-funded project, known as the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART). Also headquartered at UC Davis, AANCART was funded through the NCI's Special Populations Network and included investigators from seven other universities. The new project, which will also be called AANCART, is funded through the NCI's Community Networks Program. As such, the new project will take a much more community-based, participatory approach to addressing health disparities.
The new project unites cancer-control experts from the California Department of Health Services, UCSF, UCLA, the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington in Seattle, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard University in Boston with two community groups, the Sacramento-based Hmong Women's Heritage Association and the San Francisco Medical Society Foundation/Chinese Community Health Plan.