Journal article

Cancer in Pacific people in New Zealand

Ineke Meredith, Diana Sarfati, Takayoshi Ikeda, Tony Blakely

Cancer Causes & Control | SPRINGER | Published : 2012

Abstract

PURPOSE: To describe cancer incidence rates among Pacific people living in New Zealand from 1981 to 2004. METHODS: Linked census-cancer registration data were used to calculate age-standardized cancer incidence rates for Pacific people. Both trends over time within Pacific people and differences in rates between Pacific and European/Other people in New Zealand were assessed. RESULTS: Pacific rates were higher for cancers of the cervix, endometrium, gallbladder, lip, mouth and pharynx, liver, lung, ovary, pancreas, stomach, and thyroid, and lower for colorectal, bladder, and testicular cancers and melanoma. Differences were large, ranging from a 90 % lower rate of melanoma to over seven times..

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