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Cancer Information in Asian and Pacific Languages

From the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society offers information about cancer including prevention, early detection, treatment, and managing side effects in the following Asian languages:


Other Organizations and Related Websites

More cancer information for Asian and Pacific Islander communities may also be available through the following organizations:

American Cancer Society California Chinese Unit
Describes the history and current activities, including Relay For Life and Tell A Friend, of the volunteers of the American Cancer Society California Chinese Unit. Links to additional websites of interest are also provided.

Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training
The first Asian American Special Population Network funded by the National Cancer Institute. The goal of AANCART is to build a robust and sustainable infrastructure to increase cancer awareness, research, and training among Asian Americans in order to reduce the burden of cancer among Asian Americans. Five regional AANCART sites are located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and Seattle. Information is available on many health issues including breast, cervix, bowel, skin and prostate cancers, as well as hepatitis B, immunizations, and smoking. Translations are available in Cambodian, Chinese, English, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. (NOTE: not all topics are available in every language listed.)

Asian Liver Center at Stanford University
The Asian Liver Center at Stanford University is the first non-profit organization in the United States that addresses the high incidence of hepatitis B and liver cancer in Asians and Asian-Americans. Founded in 1996, the center uses a three-pronged approach towards fighting hepatitis B through outreach & education, advocacy, and research. Specifically, the Asian Liver Center spearheads educational outreach and advocacy efforts in the areas of hepatitis B and liver cancer prevention and treatment, serves as a resource for both the general public and health practitioners, and implements clinical and research programs. We hope you will use this website as a resource to learn about hepatitis B and liver cancer and current treatment options.

Chinese Community Health Resource Center
Chinese Community Health Resource Center (CCHRC) was established in 1989 as a private, non-profit community center by The Chinese Community Health Care Association (a physicians’ independent practice association), Chinese Community Health Plan, and Chinese Hospital. The Center’s mission is to build a healthy community through culturally and linguistically competent preventive health, disease management, and research programs. Since its inception, the Chinese community of the San Francisco Bay Area has come to recognize CCHRC as a leader and principal source of culturally competent health education programs. Over the years, CCHRC has launched numerous culturally and linguistically appropriate health education programs.

Harborview / EthnoMed
Harborview Medical Center is the county hospital in Seattle, Washington, a Level I Trauma center for 5 states, a designated "Safety Net" hospital with a mission to serve patients from all walks of life, and a teaching hospital for University of Washington Medicine. At Harborview, the Refugee and Immigrant Health Promotion Program’s (RIHPP) mission is to improve the health of the refugee and immigrant communities served by the hospital. Primarily grant supported, RIHPP partners with ethnic and neighborhood community based organizations as well as local institutions to conduct community health promotion, research and education projects. RIHPP collaborates with the Health Sciences Library at the University of Washington to manage and produce content for EthnoMed, a nationally recognized web site dedicated to providing information about refugee and immigrant health care issues.

Health is Gold!
Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project, University of California, San Francisco
The mission of Health is Gold! is to improve the health of Vietnamese living in the United States. The mission is accomplished through various strategies including working with community members to identify salient health problems, developing community-based, culturally-appropriate interventions with Vietnamese community participation, evaluating the interventions using rigorous scientific research methodology, and disseminating the research results for replication.

Hepatitis B Foundation
A national non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life of those affected by hepatitis B worldwide through research, education, and patient advocacy. Information on this website is available in Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

'Imi Hale - Hawaiian Cancer Network
'Imi Hale is a 10-year project funded by the National Cancer Institute - Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities aimed at reducing the burden of cancer among Native Hawaiians.

Immunization Action Coalition
The Immunization Action Coalition works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services.

National Cancer Institute
Coordinates the National Cancer Program which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. Information is currently available about cervical cancer screening in Vietnamese translation, and on the importance of regular mammography for women ages 40 and older in Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese translations. See the NCI's Lifelines Cancer Education Series here.  

SPIRAL: Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages
SPIRAL is a joint initiative of the Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library and the South Cove Community Health Center. SPIRAL provides access to consumer health information in the following Asian languages: Chinese, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese. It also contains links to a variety of Asian and Pacific Islander health resources.

Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training in Southern California (WINCART) is a consortium of community-based groups and interdisciplinary researchers, representing public health, community and health psychology, cancer epidemiology, preventive medicine, anthropology, health communication, and health policy with a common goal to reduce cancer disparities among Pacific Islander (PI) groups in Southern California. Community partners include Ainahau 'O Kaleponi, Guam Communications Network, Pacific Islander Health Partnership, Sons and Daughters of Guam Club, Samoan National Nurses Association, Tongan Community Service Center/Special Service for Groups, and Union of Pan-Asian Communities serving the Chamorro/Guamanian, Marshallese, Native Hawaiian, Samoan and Tongan communities of Southern California.