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Scientists say racism among causes of disproportionate cancer rates among Asian Americans

  • The Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) recently published a commentary on last year’s “Conversations on Cancer: Advancing Equity in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities: Racism and Injustice” meeting by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Oncology Center of Excellence.
  • “Asian Americans are unique as the first U.S. population to experience cancer as the leading cause of death,” the authors point out. “Bigotry against Asian Americans, pervasive since the 19th century, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is only exacerbating the cancer disparities that are costing Asian Americans their lives.”
  • The authors further highlighted that while Asians are the fastest-growing racial population in the U.S. of the past three decades, there are a limited number of studies focused on Asian Americans.
  • The researchers have called for an approach to research that includes “disaggregated data, assessment of the impact of lived experiences… and listening to community voices” to better represent the diversity among Asian American and Pacific Islander subgroups.

Seven researchers from across the U.S. recently released a joint commentary calling out the lack of cancer research focusing on Asian Americans, who are disproportionately affected by the disease.

On Tuesday, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) published a commentary based on last year’s “Conversations on Cancer: Advancing Equity in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities: Racism and Injustice” virtual meeting by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Oncology Center of Excellence.