The money comes from the National Cancer Institute. Moon Chen Jr., a UCD professor of public health sciences, will lead the project. He says Asian Americans have long been overlooked in cancer-prevention efforts. "We are the first racial ethnic group to have cancer as the leading cause of death. Everyone else, the leading cause of death is heart disease. And so we feel like we have a special obligation to try and uncover what are the factors that impact upon cancer health disparities for us."
The UC Davis Cancer Center will lead the nationwide project which also includes researchers in Boston, Honolulu and Seattle. Among other things the project will focus on reducing hepatitis B-induced liver cancer and improving breast and cervical cancer screening rates.