Cancer Care

The primary leading cause of death for Vietnamese of both genders in the U.S. is cancer (Hoyert & Kung, 1997).

Both genders have the highest incidence of lung and liver cancer than their Asian counterparts ( ).

Vietnamese men have the second highest incidence of lymphoma in the United States and they have the highest rates for liver and nasopharynx cancer.

As for Vietnamese women, they have a two and half times higher incidence of cervical cancer than any other racial or ethnic group (

Since 35% to 42% Vietnamese males smoke, smoking cessation campaigns will help decrease the prevalence of lung cancer and other health conditions such as asthma and respiratory related illnesses. Regular physician check ups such as screening are also vital.

Since Vietnamese women have one of the highest incidences of cervical cancer, regular pap smears can help decrease the prevalence of cervical cancer in this group. Other recommendations to aide in promoting regular pap smears are having a female provider, support groups, and health education classes or seminars to explain the rationale behind regular screenings and procedures and equipment involved.