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First Major Study to Examine Cancer Incidence Among Asian American Groups

In a comprehensive study that included more than half the Asian American population, scientists from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) have produced the first-ever analysis of national trends in cancer incidence among the eight largest Asian American groups.

The researchers, led by CPIC Research Scientist Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D., examined cancer patterns  for the years 1990 through 2008 in 10 regions of the country housing 54 percent of all Asian Americans. The eight groups studied in detail include Asian Indians/Pakistanis, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Kampucheans (Cambodians), Koreans, Laotians and Vietnamese.

“This study fills a critical gap in our understanding of the cancer experience of Asian American groups,” Gomez said. “Asian Americans represent a diverse population from more than 50 different countries speaking more than 100 languages, and yet despite this, most research and cancer statistics have tended to aggregate these groups, often giving a false impression of positive health profiles.”

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