Cross-post: Asian and Asian-American Cancer Types and Rates
- From: "california_chief" <Fire_Chief@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 18:35:20 -0700
Cross-post from alt.support.cancer.prostate
Asian and Asian-American Cancer Types and Rates
The report is based on information on cancer cases collected by
California from 2000 to 2002, and focuses on five ethnic groups:
Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. The state has a
large Asian population, 3.7 million, and carefully sorts its cancer
data by ethnic group.
Among the more striking findings are that Vietnamese men have
incidence and death rates from liver cancer that are seven times the
rate in non-Hispanic white men, and Korean men and women are five to
seven times as likely as whites to develop stomach cancer. Other
Asians are also prone to these cancers, but their rates are generally
not as high.
Compared with other Asians, Chinese women have high incidence and
death rates from lung cancer, the report notes. The reason is not
known, since their smoking rates are low. But they do have high
exposures to secondhand smoke at home and at work, and to cooking-oil
vapors from high-temperature frying.
Vietnamese women pose the same puzzle, with even higher lung cancer
rates and lower smoking rates.
Among Filipinos, men have higher rates of prostate cancer than other
Asians, and women have the highest death rate from breast cancer. Risk
factors for prostate cancer are not well understood, but breast cancer
is linked to obesity, and 33.5 percent of Filipino women are
overweight, more than in other Asian groups. Japanese Americans have
high rates of colorectal, stomach, prostate and breast cancer compared
with other groups, the researchers found. Obesity may play a role,
they said, noting that 52.5 percent of Japanese men and 28.3 percent
of women are overweight, and many say they are relatively inactive.
Colorectal cancer rates have risen in Japan and are higher than in
other Asian countries, maybe because eating habits have become more
like those in the West.
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