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Articles > New data show major health disparities among Asian groups

Apr 15, 2010
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The Northwest Asian Weekly

WASHINGTON — Culturally appropriate care contributes to the dramatic disparity in death and disease rates among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, according to American Journal of Public Health data released in March.

For instance, Asian women are the only group in which cancer is the leading cause of death. Additionally, Asian women suffer increased rates of death due to breast cancer. They are up to four times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than their U.S.-born counterparts.

“Information, not ignorance, must shape the health care agenda for our populations,” said Kathy Lim Ko, president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). “Cancer often goes unrecognized and under-treated.”

Full story: Other studies show that culturally appropriate care would dramatically lower rates of cancers