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About the Study

Recognized as one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in the US, the South Asian population is disproportionately affected by several health conditions, including cancer.  Rates of colorectal cancer are higher among South Asian immigrants compared to the general population while screening rates remain low. South Asians are also more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer at advanced stages. DESI SEHAT is a research program being conducted by the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to help people learn more about colorectal cancer and decide if getting screened is right for them. This study aims to promote screening-related behaviors in the growing South Asian community and has the potential to improve the health of South Asians, i.e. DESI SEHAT.

Please see our brochure on the right and feel free to download it to post or distribute in your community.

What does the study involve?

  • Answering baseline and follow-up survey questions about your knowledge and attitudes towards colorectal cancer, as well as questions regarding barriers to getting screening
  • Participating in a one-on-one education session with a Health Educator that includes reviewing information on colorectal cancer screening to help you decide if getting screened is right for you
  • In appreciation for your time to this important study, eligible participants will receive up to $75 in gift cards. 

You should also know:

  • Your privacy is our concern. All of your information is kept confidential.
  • We can come to your home or find a mutually convenient place to meet.


Research Team

Sharon L. Manne, PhD
Principal Investigator
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Sunanda Gaur, MD
Director- South Asian Total Health Initiative
One Robert Wood Johnson Place
Medical Education Building 322
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901 – 2681
Phone: 732-235-8975

Anam Khan
Health Educator
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street, 5562-01
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2681
Phone: 732-235-4092/ Fax: 732-235-8808

Sara Frederick, MS
Program Coordinator
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street, 5548-05
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2681
Phone: 732-235-9571  |  Fax: 732-235-6225

Community Advocates & Friends

Contact Us

If you would like more information about the study or would like us to participate in your health event, please contact us at:

Phone: 732-235-4092