Breast cancer rates have been steadily increasing among Asian-American women over the past 15 years, as the disease has seemed to stabilize in other racial groups, according to a study released this month. Researchers say it calls attention to the need to understand how different health problems can affect various Asian-American populations. Researchers examined breast cancer trends among women in the San Francisco Bay Area from seven different Asian-American groups from to Breast cancer rates among Japanese Americans seem to have leveled off, more closely resembling the patterns among non-Hispanic white women. Women of Filipino, Korean, and South Asian descent tend to be in more advanced stages of breast cancer by the time the disease is diagnosed, according to the study.
Immigrant Asian Women Seem to Have Higher Risk of Breast Cancer Compared to U.S.-Born Asian Women
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Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California reviewed data from to on breast cancer among women in California from seven Asian ethnic groups. During the study period, all of these groups -- except Japanese women -- had an overall increase in breast cancer incidence. Among women over age 50, there were increases in all Asian-American ethnic groups. In women under 50, there were large increases among Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian groups. Breast cancer rates among Asian-American women as a whole were lower than among white women.
Breast Cancer Rates Rise Among Asian-American Women as Others Stay Stable
Overall, breast cancer rates in the United States have stabilized since the s. But according to the results of a new study led by a researcher from the University of California, Riverside, a subset of women living in the U. The study, published earlier this month in the medical journal Preventing Chronic Disease , identified differences in how Asian American women experience breast cancer risk. More specifically, it found that Asian American women who had immigrated had significantly higher risk for breast cancer than their U.
Cancer affects all population groups in the United States. But certain groups may bear a disproportionate burden of cancer compared with other groups. Cancer disparities sometimes called cancer health disparities are differences in cancer measures such as:. Cancer disparities can also be seen when outcomes are improving overall but the improvements are delayed in some groups relative to other groups. Cancer disparities are thought to reflect the interplay of socioeconomic factors, culture, diet, stress, the environment, and biology.