Our Stories: Breast Cancer in the South Asian American Community

Our Stories: Breast Cancer in the South Asian American Community

On May 9th, 2023, SAAPRI hosted the first part of a 3-part panel discussion exploring breast cancer in our community. The first panel involved sharing stories and hearing from four distinguished survivors.

At SAAPRI, we are keen on gathering and disseminating more information about breast cancer, specifically as it relates to South Asian Americans. This conversation was urgent as breast cancer, which is amenable to screening and early detection, is increasing in incidence among South Asians living in the United States. However, as an understudied racial/ethnic subgroup in the U.S., little is understood about our disproportionate burden for this cancer. Our series will continue to engage survivors, experts, and advocates in the field of breast cancer research and treatment to understand the state of therapeutics and the direction we must go.

Overall, there is a lack of representation of South Asian Americans in all avenues of research, including cancer research. There are several socio-cultural factors that may be specific to South Asian women that need to be studied further to understand screening decisions in this population. Join SAAPRI in its effort to improve cancer awareness among South Asian Americans by helping bridge the gap in research, health equity, and the current literature.

  • Access the Facebook event page here

Thank you to all those who attended our event! If you were not able to attend, you can access the recording here (Passcode: ?pfvRV7&). You can also access the Breast Cancer Awareness Resource Guide here.