Lifelines™ Cancer Health Disparities

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This page contains articles and videos on cancer disparities. We encourage downloading and reprinting the articles and reposting of the videos. 

Meet the Researchers

  • Dr. Moon S. Chen, Jr., Associate Director for Cancer Control, University of California-Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, talks about his career and the "unique, unusual and unnecessary" cancer burden for Asian Americans.  Read More.
  • Dr. Amelie Ramirez, Dr. P.H., MPH, an NCI-funded researcher for the Latino community who got interested in disparities research while growing up near the Texas-Mexico border. Read more.
  • Dr. Tanya Agurs-Collins, a program director and nutritionist at the NCI, whose grandmother influenced her interest in nutrition and healthy eating. Read more.
  • Dr. Jorge Gomez, a senior advisor with NCI’s Center for Global Health, began his career in Mexico with the goal to help people with health problems. Read more.
  • Dr. Willie Underwood III, an NCI grantee and African American Prostate Surgeon, investigate causes, treatments, and cures for common and rare cancers. Read more (PDF - 73KB)
  • Dr. Worta McCaskill-Stevens, an African American Scientist on the frontier of cancer research. Read More (PDF - 94KB)


  • Diversifying the Ranks of Cancer Researchers To Help Reduce Cancer Disparities
    This article talks about efforts to diversify the cancer research enterprise. As the research community invests more resources into investigating cancer and other health disparities, improving diversity in the research ranks is critical. Underrepresented researchers bring more to the table than education and training credentials.
  • What Asian Americans Should Know About Liver Cancer and Hepatitis B
    This article provides an overview of liver cancer and how certain types of hepatitis virus, including hepatitis B virus (also known as HBV or HepB), are a major cause of liver disease and liver cancer.
  • African American Communities Working With NCI to Address Disparities
    This article discusses the University of Alabama-Birmingham program, Deep South Network, one of NCI's Community Networks Program (CNP) which works with the community members in efforts to improve cancer outcomes.
  • NCI funds first National Center for Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities
    This article describes the unique burden of cancer in the Asian American community and introduces the NCI-funded National Center for Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities at the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis) Cancer Center.
  • What Are Cancer Disparities and How Do They Affect Me?
    This article defines cancer health disparities, identifies leading cancers in this population, and lists several ways to reduce the risk of getting cancer.


Videos on the Cancer Health Disparities Playlist (Below) Include:
  • Fighting Cancer Disparities: Part of a Broader Federal Initiative
    Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), speaks about the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
  • Cancer and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community
    Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), discusses cancer disparities and how they affect Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.
  • An American Indian Physician: Dr. Judith Kaur, Warrior in the Fight Against Cancer
    Dr. Judith Kaur is an American Indian physician and Medical Director of Native American Programs at the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center. She talks about her journey on the road to becoming a physician.
  • The Link Between Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer: The Asian American Community
    Dr. Moon Chen, Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Director of Cancer Control at the University of California-Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, speaks about Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer as a more prevalent problem in the Asian American community.