Description & History

We save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. We provide cancer information in Chinese, Korean and English about types of cancers, diagnostic, treatment procedures, etc. We invite medical specialists to cover topics such as nutrition, treatment, pain management, chemotherapy, radiation, relaxation, exercise, etc. Patients and families share their cancer-fighting experiences, and engage in a Q&A session with the specialists. Patient Navigation Program - One of the objectives of this program is to comfort cancer patients and to listen to them. Since all the patient navigators are cancer survivors, their presence provides cancer patients with hope and reassurance. Last but not least, patient navigators refer cancer patients to the free social, financial, and medical resources available to them. Look Good Feel Better Workshop - Asian Initiatives offers a weekly workshop to help women manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments and regain confidence in their fight against cancer. We provide free wigs, hats, prosthesis, breast forms and personal care products. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery can present difficult challenges to women with cancer. We offer free supplies and information to help women manage cancer treatment more comfortably. Cancer prevention and Early Detection Programs Free screenings - Mammography, Pap Smears, Colon Cancer Workshops/Screenings Colon cancer is the second most common cancer found in Asian Americans. Early detection can help find and remove polyps in the colon before they becomes cancerous. Sign up for a colon cancer workshop to learn more. We also provide free colon cancer screenings for New York residents age 50 and older. Hepatitis Workshops, Screenings, and Vaccinations -More than 100 million Asians worldwide have chronic hepatitis B infection. In New York City alone, up to 15 percent of Asian Americans are carriers of the hepatitis B virus. If left untreated, this disease can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer and death. Take the initiative to get screened today! In addition, the Hepatitis C carrier rate in the Asian community is on the rise, which adds additional liver cancer burden to the Asian community. Eighty percent of people infected with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) have no symptoms. Like Hepatitis B, if left untreated, HCV can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer and death. If you have not been tested for HCV, sign up for a free screening today. Tobacco Cessation - Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the Asian community. Smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer. Tobacco smoke causes more than 8 out of 10 cases of lung cancer. Therefore, the American Cancer Society distributes free NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) patches to qualified smokers to help them quit. Generation Fit - Obesity among young people in NYC is an important public health issue; over 43% of elementary school children are obese (24%) or overweight (19%). Through the Generation Fit program, students take action to improve health in their community. They take part in community service projects that promote more physical activity and healthier eating among their friends and families, and in their schools and communities. The young activists themselves come away better educated about good nutrition and the need to stay physically active.

About the organization

American Cancer Society Asian Initiatives

Karen Ng
Director of Special Events
718.886.8890 ext: 20
Kate Shen
Manager, Special Events
718.886.8890 ext: 22
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