New Asian-American tobacco use, diet findings to be reported at 5th Asian Cancer Control Academy


National Cancer Institute director to keynote two-day conference in Sacramento

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Journalists are invited to cover the 5th Asian Cancer Control Academy on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard St., Sacramento.

The conference will bring together more than 100 leading Asian-American cancer control authorities from throughout the United States to report on their latest research and community cancer-control projects. Highlights will include:

  • groundbreaking research about dietary risk factors for cancer among Asian American Pacific Islander groups in California

  • new Asian American Pacific Islander cancer incidence and mortality statistics for California, including new data about the Hmong

  • new data on tobacco use and tobacco-control programs in Asian American Pacific Islander communities nationwide

  • updates on Asian American Pacific Islander participation in cancer clinical trials

  • keynote addresses by Andrew von Eschenbach, director of the National Cancer Institute, and Ralph Vance, national president of the American Cancer Society

    A pressroom will be available at the Hilton for credentialed journalists. The pressroom will be staffed by Hmong-, Korean-, Mandarin-, Cantonese- and Vietnamese-language media spokespersons. For media registration, please call 916-734-9023.

    The Asian Cancer Control Academy is the annual conference of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training, made up of investigators from UC Davis, UCSF, UCLA, the University of Hawaii, the University of Washington, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, Harvard University and Columbia University. Known as AANCART, the network is funded by an $8.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. Its goal is to reduce cancer in Asian Americans nationwide. UC Davis is the network's national headquarters.

    "The cancer burden in Asian Americans is unique, unusual and unnecessary," said Moon Chen, Jr., principal investigator for AANCART nationally and leader of the Cancer Control and Prevention Program at UC Davis Cancer Center. "Unique, because Asian Americans are the only racial group who experience cancer as the leading cause of death. Unusual, because the leading cancer killers of Asian Americans are chronic and infectious types of cancer. Unnecessary, because the risk factors for many cancers, such as those due to tobacco use, are preventable. The Sacramento Academy will bring together some of the best minds in the country to share innovative and effective approaches to addressing this burden."

    The Academy is co-sponsored by AANCART, UC Davis Cancer Center, the California Department of Health Services, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Office of Minority Health, Region IX.

    Hosts of the Academy include the Hmong Women's Heritage Association and the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy and Leadership. Both organizations are based in Sacramento.

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