Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
in the Asian American Community

Lisa Eng & Kate Shen

[October 1, 2010]


The American Cancer Society (ACS) is involved in the fight against breast cancer in many areas. Through its extramural research grants program, as of March 1, 2009 the Society was funding 218 research projects being conducted by an elite group of scientists. These projects were chosen through a rigorous peer review and selection process and all of them relate to breast cancer. This funding amounts to $118.1 million research dollars.

Due to language and cultural barriers, many Asian immigrants do not have access to cancer prevention information, screenings, cancer care services and patient support programs. This disparity in health care results in a high cancer related mortality. In response to this need, American Cancer Society, Eastern Division launched the Asian Initiatives office in 2006.

The goals of the American Cancer Society - Asian Initiatives are: (1) to promote public education on cancer prevention including community forums, radio and television educational programs, and translation of cancer related information into various Asian languages; (2) to arrange free screening services for breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer and hepatitis B; (3) to provide free smoking cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy to help smokers quit; (4) to provide free services for cancer patients such as patient navigation, individual counseling, support groups, transportation for chemo/radiation therapy, pre or post surgery support, etc., and (5) to organize volunteer-driven community events, such as 'Relay For Life', and 'Making Strides Against Breast Cancer' to raise awareness about cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship while raising funds to support our programs and services.

In order to continue providing our free programs and services to the diverse Asian population of New York City, we are seeking volunteers who are fluent in Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Japanese, or Vietnamese.

For this presentation, Dr. Lisa Eng and Ms. Kate Shen will discuss the following regarding breast cancer in the Asian American community:

  • Breast Basics – Anatomy, function
  • Disease entities – benign and malignant
  • Screening
  • Treatment
  • Prognosis
  • US Asian American Breast Cancer Research Updates
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk






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