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Online Cancer Resource Helps Asian Americans

New Web site provides multilingual data and advice

THURSDAY, April 13, 2006 (HealthDay News) -- Asian Americans can now access online cancer information written in a variety of languages via a Web site launched by the American Cancer Society and the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART).

The project is funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The site is designed to enable Asians and Pacific Islanders with limited English language skills to access a range of cancer information, including how to reduce their risk for different kinds of cancers.

"Asians and Pacific Islanders are dying, in too many cases, from a lack of basic information about cancer," Moon S. Chen, principal investigator of AANCART and associate director for cancer disparities and research at the University of California, Davis Cancer Center, said in a prepared statement.

"This new Web resource was developed in response to the need we heard from the community, and the NCI, for a single point of access for authoritative cancer education materials for lay audiences," Chen said. "Through this Web portal, people will be able to download cancer information materials that have been reviewed for scientific content and translated into more than 12 Asian and Pacific languages. This site provides one-stop access to an unprecedented volume of these materials."

The languages included on the site are: Khmer, Chamorro, Chinese, Hawaiian, Hmong, Ilokano, Korean, Samoan, Tagalog, Tongan and Vietnamese. There are also English-language materials culturally tailored for Native Hawaiians. Additional languages and topics will be added as more materials become available.

More information

Here's where you can find the Asian and Pacific Islander Cancer Education Materials Web tool.

SOURCE: University of California, Davis, news release, March 24, 2006
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