Prev Chronic Dis ; Research in the United States has found that among Asian Americans, risk for female breast cancer was higher among US-born women than among women born outside the United States. This report finds that this trend, in a more recent cohort of Asian Americans, may be shifting, such that breast cancer risk is higher among women who are immigrants compared with those who are US-born. There may be an increased need for breast cancer treatment services for immigrant Asian Americans as well as for continued efforts to increase access to mammograms among all Asian American women. Given rising rates of breast cancer in parts of Asia, immigrant Asian American women in the United States may have higher rates of breast cancer than previously anticipated.
Genetic tool can identify Asian women at higher risk of breast cancer
Lung cancer in Asian women-the environment and genes
Sunday, November 11, An international group of scientists has identified three genetic regions that predispose Asian women who have never smoked to lung cancer. The finding provides further evidence that risk of lung cancer among never-smokers, especially Asian women, may be associated with certain unique inherited genetic characteristics that distinguishes it from lung cancer in smokers. Lung cancer in never-smokers is the seventh leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, and the majority of lung cancers diagnosed historically among women in Eastern Asia have been in women who never smoked. The specific genetic variations found in this study had not been associated with lung cancer risk in other populations. Although environmental factors, such as secondhand smoke also known as environmental tobacco smoke or exhaust from indoor cooking are likely account for some cases of lung cancer among Asian women who have never smoked, they explain only a small proportion of the disease. To gain a better understanding of lung cancer in Asian female never-smokers, researchers from the National Cancer Institute NCI , part of the National Institutes of Health, partnered with researchers from several other countries to create the Female Lung Cancer Consortium in Asia to conduct one of the largest genome-wide association studies GWAS in female never-smokers to date.
Spectrum of breast cancer in Asian women
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