$2.3M grant for Hawaii research of liver cancer

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and The Queen's Medical Center have received a $2.3 million grant for liver cancer research.

In a joint announcement Wednesday, hospital and cancer center officials say the 5-year grant from the National Cancer Institute is to be used to develop methods that can better detect liver cancer.

The researchers say Hawaii's liver cancer incidence and death rates are the highest nationally. People infected with hepatitis viruses are more prone to developing liver cancer. Some of the highest hepatitis rates in the world are in Asia. Asian immigrants to Hawaii are more likely to be carriers of the virus.

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