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By Harsha Pathanjaly

Breast Cancer in Asian Women in Asia vs Asian American Women in US

A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2019  highlights the difference in breast cancer among Asian versus Asian American women. The paper explains that Asian women in Asia experience a peak in breast cancer between the ages of 45 to 49, whereas non-Hispanic white women have the highest incidences between the age group 75 to ... Read More »

Terminal Cancer Patients Live Longer at Home (Japanese Study)

A new study published in the journal Cancer highlights data showing cancer patients who are terminally ill live longer at home than in than a hospital palliative care setting. The study included 2,069 patients: 1,582 hospitalized patients vs 487 home bound patients.  Those patients with home palliative care had a median survival time of 67 days, twice as long as those with ... Read More »

Lung Cancer in East Asians

Lung cancer is another leading cause of death in East Asia, especially in China. According to a study released by the National Institute of Health (NIH), in 2015 there were 610,000 deaths.  However, 25% of the individuals affected were non-smokers. Non-smokers are often diagnosed with adenocarcinomas which originate from oncogenic drivers. Oncogenic drivers are mutations that are responsible for the ... Read More »

The Likelihood of Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer is a leading cause of death for Asian Americans. The Office of Minority Health released data that shows, despite being less likely to develop prostate or breast cancer, Asian Americans are twice as likely to suffer from stomach cancer. This is commonly seen in immigrants from developing countries as they frequently come face-to-face with chronic infections and certain ... Read More »

Diabetes in Asians

64% of the 366 million affected by diabetes originate from East Asia. In Asian countries, diabetes is found in younger adults due to the economic burden and the increase in cases of obesity and nutritional lifestyles. Besides environmental and lifestyle factors, health studies have also shown evidence of dysfunctional pancreatic insulin secretory function due to insufficient β-cell mass. These studies ... Read More »

Asian Americans Likely to Have More Severe Strokes


There are about 3.4 million people who identify as South Asians in the United States including immigrants from India and surrounding countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Through a study done at Rush University Medical Center, it is reported that these individuals are increasingly prone to die of heart conditions such as heart attacks and strokes ... Read More »

Asians and Hepatitis B


Hepatitis B is a common vaccine-preventable liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus that can spread through contact with blood, semen, and other bodily fluids from someone who is infected. For many it is a short-term illness, however, it can also become a long-term illness which can lead to more serious and harmful health issues such as cancer. According ... Read More »

Metabolic Syndrome in South Asian Community


Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is one of the most prevalent health conditions found in the South Asian community. The study written by Kaushik Pandit, “Metabolic Syndrome in South Asians” explains the correlation between the high amount of cases of obesity and insulin resistance due to high rates of diabetes and cardiovascular risks and MetS. Data collected through surveys relay that one-third ... Read More »

New study reveals previously invisible health issues among Asians in the U.S.


Through collective data, it has been interpreted that Asians tend to be healthier relative to the other races in the United States. However, a new study disproves this belief by categorizing the data into specific ethnicities among the Asians. The California Health Interview Survey helped researchers analyze data in the study, “Health Conditions, Outcomes, and Service Access Among Filipino, Vietnamese, ... Read More »