Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE)
An audience of about [80?] filled a lecture room on a stormy Saturday night to hear faculty member Dr. Bryant Lin introduce a new Stanford Medical School program focusing on Asian health issues. Dr. Lin described how Asians have different levels of health risk than whites -- for example, Asians are nearly three times more likely to develop liver cancer than non-Hispanic whites and twice as likely to develop stomach cancer. Asians are more likely to get “thin” diabetes -- when they are not overweight. Those of us who think we’re not going to get lung cancer because we never smoked should be aware that the risk of “never smokers” getting lung cancer are much higher in East Asians. There are also differences between Asian sub-groups. For example, in Asian Indians, the leading causes of death are heart disease (31%) and cancer (18%) while in Koreans, they are cancer (34%) and heart disease (19%). Only 6% of participants in clinical trials of new drugs are Asian, so data on how these drugs affect Asians (side effects, etc.) are lacking. Additionally, most hospitals only collect data on “Asians” without differentiating between Asian sub-groups. CARE will start addressing these issues by issuing seed research grants on Asian health issues, training students and reaching out to community physicians and the public. An Asian health fair is scheduled at Stanford for April 27 and all SAPAAC members are welcome to attend.