Cancer Incidence, Mortality, and Associated Risk Factors Among Chinese Americans

The American Cancer Society released a report on Cancer Incidence, Mortality, and Associated Risk Factors Among Asians Americans of Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese Ethnicities in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The report looked at prostate, breast, lung, and colon/rectum cancer among Asian Americans in California.

  • “Chinese Americans had among the lowest incidence and death rate from all cancer combined; however, Chinese women had the highest lung cancer death rate (among Asian Americans).”
  • “Chinese Americans in California have high rates for colorectal, liver, and lung cancer compared with other Asian ethnic groups.”
  • The high rate of colorectal cancer among Chinese in California contrasts sharply with the low risks in China, and the increase in risk with time since migration implicates behaviors associated with the Western lifestyle.
  • “The incidence and mortality rates … for liver cancer among Chinese men in California … are more than twice as high as in Japanese men ….” In Asia, Hepatitis B virus infection is the main cause of liver cancer, while in America, Hepatitis C, alcoholic cirrhosis, and obesity are more common causes of liver cancer.

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