Medscape Medical News reports “Asian Americans Show Different Cancer Pattern Than Whites”

Medscape Medical News reported on recent findings regarding cancer epidemiology patterns found in Asian American populations, based on Thompson‘s et al. (2016) paper “The Burden of Cancer in Asian Americans: A Report of National Mortality Trends by Asian Ethnicity“.

The article’s author, Roxanne Nelson (2016), pointed out:

Lung cancer mortality is one case in point. Even though mortality trends are stable or declining for most of the population, there has been a modest increase in lung cancer deaths among Chinese, Filipina, and Japanese women.

Breast cancer is another example, [Dr Palaniappan] explained. “Breast cancer deaths accounted for about 20% of all Filipino and Asian Indian cancer deaths, compared with 15% of cancer deaths among non-Hispanic white women. But among other Asian American women, breast cancer death rates were significantly lower than those for non-Hispanic white women.”

Please read more at Medscape Medical News: Asian Americans Show Different Cancer Pattern Than Whites

  1. References:
    Nelson, R. “Asian Americans Show Different Cancer Pattern Than Whites.” Medscape (30 Sep 2016).
  2. Thompson, Caroline A., Scarlett Lin Gomez, Katherine G. Hastings, Kristopher Kapphahn, Peter Yu, Salma Shariff-Marco, Ami S. Bhatt et al. “The Burden of Cancer in Asian Americans: A Report of National Mortality Trends by Asian Ethnicity.” Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Biomarkers (2016).

The OTHER OPTION for Cancer Treatment: Clinical Trials

The Stanford Cancer Institute will hold its fifth annual Clinical Trials Awareness Week from April 18 – 22, 2016 in the Stanford Cancer Center Palo Alto. This event aims to foster awareness care among patients, caregivers and the community-at-large, about cancer clinical trials and how they advance cancer care.

Why are cancer clinical trials important? Clinical trials improve cancer survival rates, because they help progress new ways to detect cancer, reduce cancer risks and treat cancer with novel therapies. To make novel therapies more quickly available as a standard of care for patients, more people need to partake in clinical research. The American Cancer Society reports that “the 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed in 2004 – 2010 was 68 percent, up from 49 percent in 1975 – 1977” (2015).

Why do we need to promote awareness? A poll from the Harris Interactive Survey in 2001 showed that 85 percent of cancer patient respondents “…were either unaware or unsure that participation in a clinical trial was an option at the time of diagnosis” (National Cancer Institute, 2016). The lack of awareness is evident in current trial enrollment rates, in which less than 5 percent of adult cancer patients participate in a clinical treatment trial (Meropol et al., 2015). Furthermore, enrollment rates at five National Cancer Institute–designated cancer centers revealed significantly lower percentages of racial/ethnic minority participation in treatment studies (Hawk et al., 2014). Diverse participation is essential for gaining knowledge on how cancer treatments work on different populations.

Stanford’s Cancer Clinical Trials Awareness Week will have an information desk and research poster exhibit display available throughout the week. This year’s program will feature oncology research talks by Stanford faculty members and Q&A research poster sessions with research staff. Participants will be eligible for a raffle prize drawing at the talks and giveaway item at the poster sessions. The Stanford Cancer Institute offers more than 250 clinical trials and can assist patients with finding trials at Stanford. For more details about the program, please visit online or call 650.498.7061.

Filipino Youth Needed For Focus Group


Focus Group Participants Needed!

The San Mateo County Health System is looking for Filipino youth to participate in a focus group meeting to learn about their thoughts on tobacco use. Movie tickets or a gift card will be given to each participants. Snacks will be provided.


  • Identifies as Filipino
  • Between the ages 13 to 26 years old

Date: Tuesday February 2, 2016

Time: 3 – 5pm

Location: Oceana High School, Room 307, 401 Paloma Ave., Pacifica, CA

For more information and/or to sign-up as a participant, please contact: Grace Dadios at

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Family Cancer Experiences: Volunteers Needed for Interviews


A research study is being conducted to learn about the cancer care experiences of Chinese, Indian and Filipino families living in the United States. The purpose of the study is to learn about family challenges with cancer care.

What types of volunteers are needed? 2 family members who can be interviewed separately and privately for 1 hour each. Interviews will be face to face, in a San Francisco Bay Area location.

A current or former cancer patient:

  • Identifies as Chinese, Indian or Filipino.
  • Immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 25 years old or older.
  • Has only been diagnosed with cancer one time, 10 years ago or less, at the age of 50 years old or older.
  • Received cancer care in the U.S.

A family caregiver of the cancer patient

  • Helped care for the cancer patient at the age of 25 years old or older.
  • The cancer patient will identify the family caregiver to be interviewed.


Are you interested in joining this study? Would you like more information? Contact Rachel at or 650.924.9599.

The languages available for the interview: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Stanford University Institutional Review Board, Protocol #33186. For general information about participants rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.

Call for Study Participants: Help Prevent Breast Cancer in Asian Women

The Asian Community Health Initiative (CHI) is a large-scale, collaborative effort being lead by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) in collaboration with its community partners, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Asian Health Services (AHS), and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), and scientific colleagues at Stanford and UCLA, in which we hope to engage the Bay Area Asian community in health research.

Currently, CPIC is funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) to study what is causing the high and rising rates of breast cancer in Asian women. We are conducting a 3-year study that will enroll 350 Asian American cases (those with breast cancer) from a previous breast cancer study as well as 700 women without breast cancer. We aim to uncover factors among Asian American women that may be related to breast cancer risk. These factors may vary over an individual’s lifespan and may be affected by family and community influences. We hope that you will join this new and exciting research study!

If you are a woman without a history of breast cancer and between the ages of 20-80 from any Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander ethnic group, and currently reside in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa or Santa Clara, please consider participating in this important study. For more information, contact or visit for online information.

We Need Filipinos to Represent in a Nationwide Cancer Prevention Study

The American Cancer Society is looking for people to participate in a national research study called the Cancer Prevention Study – 3 (CPS-3). They need men and women adults between 30 and 65 years old, who have never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer) and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which involves completing periodic follow-up surveys at home.

Filipinos are one of the largest Asian American groups, but underrepresented in health research.  Consider joining and/or referring others to join this study, so that you can help us study and learn more about our communities as well as make the health data more relevant to minority populations.

Research study enrollment opportunities will take place at various venues in select communities across the United States and Puerto Rico. Upcoming kick-off events in the San Francisco Bay Area will be happening from May 2013 through June 2013.

How can you participate?

  • Enrollment is free and will take place at various locations throughout the Bay Area during late July – early August 2013.
  • To schedule your appointment, scroll down and find the enrollment location most convenient for you and then click on Schedule an Appointment.
  • Read and sign an informed consent form.
  • Complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to your health.
  • Have your waist circumference measured.
  • Give a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit – 7 teaspoons total). The blood sample will be drawn by a trained, certified phlebotomist.
  • Upon completion of these steps, we will send periodic follow-up surveys to update your information and annual newsletters with study updates and results.

Learn more about CPS-3 study recruitment in the San Francisco Bay Area at or the American Cancer Society’s CPS-3 study information website. The SF Bay Area website will  give you access to the 42 other enrollment dates that are being conducted at the same time in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. You will be presented with all the information you need to consider joining the CPS-3 study.