Cancer Risk and Prevention for Asian American Women


Cancer Prevention for Asian American Women

NFCR President Sujuan Ba, Ph.D., delivered an address to the National Association of Professional Asian American Women (NAPAW) about the importance of cancer research and cancer prevention education.

logo of National Association of Professional Asian-American Women As an Asian American herself, Dr. Ba is acutely aware of the cancer risks in the Asian American women’s community.  She knows “there are many types of cancer that disproportionately affect women of Asian descent. Education and research are important tools that can provide a number of immediate solutions And, if if widely implemented, would go a long way towards reversing this trend.”  For more than 43 years, The National Foundation for Cancer Research has worked diligently in its mission to raise awareness, educate the public and financially support the work of cancer research scientists. NFCR helps insure translational medicine success. This bench to bedside approach is unique in American Cancer Charities. NFCR is among only a tiny handful of cancer research charities that funds chemists and lab scientists to put an end to all cancers.

The cause of and prevalence of cancer in Asian American women is believed to be both environmental and behavioral. Western diets, in particular, have been widely documented as a major contributing factor in increased cancer diagnoses. In the slideshow, you’ll find more information about cancer prevention tips, new cancer research and actions you can take to help prevent breast cancer, skin cancer, cervical cancer. There are also tips on how you can help prevent lung, prostrate and liver cancer. Men and women can benefit from the cancer prevention tips provided by NFCR and Dr. Sujuan Ba.

The statistics are staggering. Cancer is the number one killer of Asian American Women since 1980. Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. The incidence and death rates of liver cancer among all Asian Americans is twice as high as those among Caucasians. Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Asian American men and the fifth leading cause of death among Asian American women.

Dr. Ba presented these slides as she gave a talk to the National Association of Professional Asian American Women’s meeting at the US Department of Health and Human Services, in Washington D.C. in June of 2016. For more information on ways you can support cancer research and to see the full range of educational and cancer research programs, visit

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